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University Health Care System Breaks Ground on Renovation and Expansion Project May 19, 2006

Legislators, community leaders and the medical community gathered for University Health Care System's groundbreaking ceremony May 16 for the largest expansion and renovation project in its history, and one of the largest in the city of Augusta.

"This is a great day in the life of our organization as we begin to unfold this plan for expansion and renovation that will serve the health care needs of the patients of this region into the future," said J. Larry Read, president/CEO of University Health Care System.

The project, which begin immediately after the groundbreaking event, includes the following:

  • A new $50 million Cardiovascular Center that will bring the region's latest technology in cardiovascular diagnostics and treatment together under one roof.
  • 72 universal patient rooms that will allow staff to care for patients in one room rather than moving them from room to room as their medical conditions change.
  • An Outpatient Center with a dedicated entrance and convenient parking.
  • Renovated and expanded surgical suites to accommodate robotics and other emerging technologies.

Mac A Bowman, M.D., a cardiologist who worked with more than 60 physicians and a multitude of staff members on plotting this historic expansion, said the Cardiovascular Center will include the full realm of cardiovascular diagnostic, treatment and preventive care capabilities.

"University Health Care System is infected by the bug of excellence at every level," Dr. Bowman said from the podium at the groundbreaking. "Anyone can buy the latest bells and whistles, but your staff must have the passion and compassion to use those technologies to their fullest to lengthen and enrich the lives of patients. That's what University is all about."

An aggressive construction plan is in place that has the project completed by the summer of 2009 with Centex Construction as the construction manager.

For more information, contact Rebecca Sylvester at 706/828-2394 or pager 706/722-1047, ID# 1873 or Leslee Mallinson of Centex Construction at 214-468-4274.

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