In March 1895, the Medical Center, then known as the Macon Hospital, was opened. Its administrator was an Atlanta physician named Olin Weaver. In 1915, the city of Macon assumed ownership of the hospital. In 1960, the hospital became a member of the American Hospital Association, though it wasn't until 11 years later, in 1971, that the name was changed to The Medical Center of Central Georgia. Throughout the following years, the Medical Center continued to develop several residency programs, including ones for family practice and internal medicine, as well as affiliating the General Surgery Residency Program with the Mercer University School of Medicine. MCCG has offered a general clinical or PGY1 pharmacy residency accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists since 1996. In 1998, the Medical Center became only the 4th hospital in the state to have a Level 1 Trauma Center. In June 2008 the MCCG announced the completion of the Albert Luce Jr. Heart Institute or as it is called, the Heart Tower. The Heart Tower was completed in three years at a cost of 84,000,000. As of 2012 the Medical Center has made it mandatory for all employees to receive annual flu vaccinations in accordance with the hospital's commitment to patient safety and health.