At University, physicians and staff advocate for services that will surpass the expectations of our patients and their family members, while achieving excellent outcomes. As Baby Boomers age and health needs shift or intensify, we assess our services to ensure we continue to lead the way as the region’s health resource. This is a delicate balance in a new era of health care reform, record unemployment and growing rates of uninsured, but in 2011, University rose to the challenge and:
- Finalized a proposal to purchase the current McDuffie Regional Medical Center with plans to build a new hospital and submitted it to the Georgia Attorney General, another step toward securing modernized, high-quality care in Thomson.
- Finalized an agreement with Georgia Health Sciences University to resume residencies at University beginning July 2012.
- Broke ground for Brandon Wilde’s Windsor House, Georgia’s only "small house" concept for Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
- Opened our Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center, a progressive program in which specially trained medical personnel offer advanced individualized testing and move beyond the standard of care to determine your true risk for cardiovascular disease.
- Hit the streets with our "Heart Cart," the mobile version of the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center, taking this advanced diagnosis to business and industry, churches and community centers.
- Had bond ratings reaffirmed by S&P and Moody’s with stable outlooks.
- Celebrated the first year of success and outstanding patient care for new service lines (Hospice, Wound & Hyperbaric Center and Bariatric Surgery).
- Continued improving the quality of life for many through our anterior approach hip replacement surgery that has most patients walking out of the hospital unassisted after only a day or two of hospitalization.
- Increased employed physicians to 62.