UHCS Welcomes University Hospital Summerville

(Augusta, Ga., July 1, 2017) On July 1 at one second past midnight, University Health Care System welcomed Trinity Hospital of Augusta into University Health Care System as University Hospital Summerville.

“After much thought and consideration, we decided on the name University Hospital Summerville to honor the hospital's beautiful campus in the heart of historic Summerville,” explained James R. Davis, University Health Care System President and Chief Executive Officer.

“I would also like to welcome the approximately 370 former Trinity employees into the University family, both on the Summerville campus and those who filled positions on our main campus and throughout the system,” Mr. Davis continued. “They are part of an elite organization in which the safety, quality of care and needs of the patient are always our top priority. We leave every day with the satisfaction of knowing we delivered the best, most efficient care possible.”

On March 29, University announced that the Richmond County Hospital Authority had entered into an asset purchase agreement with affiliates of Quorum Health Corporation to acquire Trinity Hospital of Augusta. At the May 25 regular meeting of the Authority and University Health’s Boards, the Authority approved the asset purchase agreement in an open meeting as required by Georgia law, after which the University Health Services Inc. Board voted unanimously to approve funding for the purchase. Since that time, integration teams from University and Quorum have been working diligently to help transition the hospital operations as smoothly as possible.

Mr. Davis thanked University’s Executive Team and the “many employees across nearly every department who have devoted countless hours ensuring we are equipped to deliver University-level service to the extent we are able in the current facility.”

Some critical capital improvements like a new roof and installation of a new nurse call system have been Board approved and will soon begin, Mr. Davis said, and preparations are underway as well to transition University Hospital Summerville's electronic health record system to Epic on or before Nov. 1.

“There is indeed much work to do, but I hope everyone at University remains as excited as I am about the opportunities in store for University Hospital Summerville and our patients. I look forward to breathing new life into that campus while alleviating capacity issues on our main campus,” he continued.

“We thank Trinity and St. Joseph Hospital for serving our community well for 65 years,” Mr. Davis said. “We have proudly picked up that torch and will carry it with pride. The best is yet to come.”