University Health Care System
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Partners in Patient Care

University ushered in 2000 like most health systems - checking equipment throughout the facilities at midnight hoping our intense preparation for the new millennium, "Y2K," didn't fail us. It didn't, and it's a good thing because 2000 launched an unprecedented decade of care:

  • 4 million patient encounters
  • 215,000 inpatients
  • 31,000 births
  • 711,000 Emergency Department registrations
  • 1.8 million Radiology procedures

Most women who receive a breast cancer diagnosis are overcome with fear. But at University's Breast Health Center, Pam Anderson and the staff support women through education, treatment and recovery. It is hard to imagine the road these women took before the center's opening in 2000. Here are a few of the other major service developments in the past decade:

  • Put the finishing touches on the new W.G. Watson, M.D., Women's Center
  • Renovated and expanded the Emergency Department and Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Opened the Stroke Unit, Palliative Care Unit, Outpatient Center and expanded the Laboratory
  • Researched, developed, broke ground on and completed the largest renovation and expansion project in the hospital's history

In our 191st year of care, we continued to be the largest, most comprehensive health system in the region, with the largest patient base.

As a community not-for-profit hospital, University doesn't pay dividends to owners or shareholders. Instead, we use the revenue in excess of expenses to advance our clinical, charitable and community outreach goals. We reinvest in areas such as medical education and training; equipment and technology; facilities to meet identified community need; and community outreach.

In 2009 we had nearly a half million patient encounters, including 21,000 inpatients, 250,000 outpatients and 73,000 emergency patients. We updated our facility to better serve patients, by expanding the Emergency Department, adding another dozen beds and adding staff to accommodate an increase in the volume of patients we serve. But our most impressive accomplishment of the year was opening our Heart & Vascular Institute.

This premier facility is unlike anything in the region. It has:

  • all heart and vascular services together under the roof of a four-story, 188,000-square-foot Heart & Vascular Institute
  • cardiac catheterization laboratories equipped with leading-edge digital diagnostics
  • operating rooms just a short distance away from the cath labs
  • 12,000-square-foot nationally accredited Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center, the largest and best equipped in the area

The center allows for a more efficient delivery of care in 72 Universal Patient Rooms. These expansive suites are equipped and staffed by nurses trained to care for patients at all levels in their recovery. They include:

  • the ability to bring care to patients in one room rather than moving them from room-to-room as their medical conditions change
  • transformable environments that appear homelike but contain the technology needed for critical care
  • family zones, allowing family members to take an active part in the healing process
  • beds that transform into chairs and can be rolled into other areas, even the bathroom
  • bar-coding technology to help ensure medication accuracy and bedside computerization to increase charting efficiency
  • technology that integrates patient communication, education and entertainment

Reviewed: 8-20-10
Updated: 6-2-10


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1350 Walton Way, Augusta, Georgia
(706) 722-9011