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University Announces Potential Partnership with Family Y March 9, 2012

March 8, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact Rebecca Sylvester at 706.828.2394.

University Hospital Announces Potential Partnership
with Family Y of Thomson

University Hospital announces today a potential partnership with the Family Y of Thomson to renovate the existing McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson into a joint-use facility.

Services anticipated to be offered include typical Family Y programs, such as family centered programs, wellness center and classes, complimentary childcare, day camps and senior programs, said Danny McConnell, President and CEO of the Family Y of Greater Augusta.

“The Family Y of Thomson is excited about the potential partnership to provide a long-term home for the Thomson Y,” Mr. McConnell said. “We envision this 25-acre site becoming a regional, family-centered facility to serve Thomson and its surrounding communities, especially if a pool is built on site.”

Long-range plans could also include University Outpatient Services to include Physical Therapy, Cardiac Rehab and Community Education, according to James R. Davis, President/CEO of University Health Care System.

“Our Board fully supports our commitment to Thomson and reuse efforts for the current hospital, as well as making sure the new hospital is a true community asset for years to come,” Mr. Davis said.

Paperwork has been submitted to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office to create a University Health Care System hospital in Thomson, Mr. Davis said. The Attorney General has scheduled a public hearing in Thomson on March 29 to discuss the proposal, which includes construction of a replacement hospital. University Hospital has agreed in addition to building a replacement hospital in McDuffie County, to take on what will be the former hospital building.

“This proposed partnership would go a long way toward answering the Authority’s questions as to the use of the building,” said Bill Doupe, Chair of the Hospital Authority of McDuffie County. “The Y and University have a successful partnership in Augusta and that would bring the same benefits to Thomson, along with additional services that are sure to breathe additional life into the area. It was extremely important to our Board and our community that a proper use for the existing site be found. University appreciated our concerns and this announcement demonstrates their commitment to not only building a new hospital in McDuffie County but also benefiting our community as a whole.”

The current property includes 25 acres of land, 17 of which are currently undeveloped. The existing building is 60,000 square feet which would be renovated to meet the program’s space needs.

The initial timeline is to determine details of the partnership before the end of 2012 and going forward with the renovation and construction project, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

“The next step is to hire a firm to conduct a community-needs survey,” says McConnell. “We ask that Thomson residents share their opinions if they are contacted by phone to participate in the survey.”

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