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University Hospital Expands in Evans December 4, 2006

University Health Care System Evans Campus Prepares for Construction of Medical Office Building 4/Diagnostic Imaging Center and Parking Structure

AUGUSTA, GA -- University Health Care System and Columbia County officials held a groundbreaking Nov. 17 for a 60,000-square foot, $13 million Medical Office Building 4, which will include a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging Center and a 240-space parking structure, the first in Columbia County.

"University’s commitment to Columbia County, one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia, is long standing," said Andrew A. Lasser, Dr.P.H., executive vice president for Business Development for University. "Over 20 years ago, University invested in this 68-acre property, anticipating the growing health care needs of Columbia County. If you were around here then, you know that Washington Road was two lanes through Evans and there were few retail establishments in close proximity."

Since then, University's Evans campus has grown to include Brandon Wilde, a nationally recognized retirement community, a Day Surgery Center, a Sleep Center, Prompt Care, Occupational Medicine services, three Medical Office Buildings, a Speech and Hearing Center and more than 20 private practice physician groups.

As the population of Columbia County grows, so does University’s commitment to serve this community. As technology increases and more procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, our patients tell us they prefer receiving their outpatient care close to home, Dr. Lasser said.

"In 2004, University made it easier than ever for people in Columbia County to access outpatient care by dedicating its Professional Center 3," he explained. At a Columbia County Chamber event called Success Columbia County Style, University officials cut the ribbon on the $8.7 million, 60,000-square-foot Medical Office Building 3. As it quickly filled with physicians, University officials began planning for more office space and an imaging center to take the next step in offering the full range of outpatient services to Columbia County.

"Planning a project of this magnitude takes a tremendous team of people from architects to physicians and we are greatly indebted to those people, especially the physicians who were pioneers in establishing our services on this campus because they believed there was a need," Dr. Lasser said. "This campus will continue to grow not only as a health care resource for the Columbia County, but also as a community partner. On May 5, 2007, we are hosting our third annual POPS! Under the Stars Augusta Symphony Event on this campus that has drawn thousands of people for the first two performances. If you have not attended, please try to next spring -- it is a real treat.

"This campus and community involvement is our long-term commitment to you, the residents of Columbia County. We could not be more pleased with the support we have received from this community and the invaluable guidance we have received from the commission, the chamber, the development authority and many others. We look forward to being your health care provider of choice for many years to come."

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