The blood bank supplies blood and blood components you might need during your hospital stay, to the extent available. Blood bank technologists and technicians follow the American Association of Blood Banks' guidelines and protocol. Your relatives and friends can help maintain the community's blood supply by donating in your name at the Shepeard Community Blood Center. Please call the center at 706/737-4551 for more information.
If you have diabetes, your physician may refer you to an inpatient diabetes educator. This staff member can provide education and training necessary to better manage your diabetes while in the hospital. University Hospital Diabetes Services also offers a comprehensive outpatient program, to include individual and group counseling, education, meal planning and support groups. The program is staffed by registered dietitians and nurse educators, who are all certified in diabetes education. Call 706/868-3241 for more information.
The Emergency Department treats more than 70,000 patients annually. In addition to treatment of cardiovascular and other acute emergencies, the Emergency Department includes a Pediatric Emergency Department for children up to age 18 and Minor Treatment, which is designed to care for minor emergencies in a special section of the Emergency Department. Registration is completed at the bedside. Emergency Department co-pays will be collected at the end of the visit.
Extended Care Services
University Health Care System, through University Extended Care, operates three extended care facilities in the area:
- Kentwood Extended Care Facility, located at 1227 West Wheeler Parkway in Augusta, has 100 beds - 80 dedicated to skilled nursing care and 20 personal care rooms with easy access to a registered nurse should the need arise.
- Westwood Extended Care Facility, located at 561 University Drive on University's Evans campus off Belair Road, has 149 nursing home beds and provides care for Alzheimer's patients in a unit specially designed to allow freedom of movement within the confines of a safe environment.
- Brandon Wilde Pavilion and Colonnade, located at 4275 Owens Road in Evans, has 65 skilled nursing beds and 40 personal care rooms. A specialized Alzheimer/dementia unit for unique needs also is available.
Brandon Wilde does admit from the community to these facilities.
University Home Health provides highly skilled health care for home-bound patients within 14 counties in Georgia and South Carolina. Skilled nurses, home health aides, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and medical social workers are available for home care visits. For more information or to have someone come and talk with you, please call the Home Health Intake Office at 706/774-4160.
The University Hospital Laboratory is a full-service laboratory offering extensive testing capabilities. The laboratory is fully accredited and continually strives to meet high quality standards. Your testing at University is performed by certified medical technologists and technicians who strive to give reliable, timely results. University Hospital has the ability to meet your outpatient laboratory needs by providing the following locations to serve you:
Outpatient Center, 706/774-7600, Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
447 N. Belair Road, 706/854-2178, Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Palliative Care is patient- and family-centered medical care for those living with a chronic and/or life-limiting illness. Palliative Care is focused on therapies that support the best quality of life. Important goals are the relief of suffering from pain or other symptoms often associated with severe illness. Along with your primary doctor, Palliative Care provides a team of specially trained staff who can provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support during this time of stress. Any patient with a life-limiting illness such as heart failure, stroke, chronic lung disease, kidney failure, cancer, Alzheimer's, AIDS or liver disease may be appropriate. A palliative care consultant is available to assist the patient, family and physician in determining eligibility, identifying goals and discussing options for care. For more information, please ask your physician, nurse or case manager for a consultation.