Navicent Health, formerly The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is a 637-bed hospital located in Macon, Georgia. Navicent Health is the second largest hospital in Georgia, behind Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Navicent is a teaching hospital affiliated with Mercer University Medical School. It serves 30 counties throughout Central Georgia and southern Georgia, an area of approximately 750,000 residents. MCCG EMS serves Baldwin, Bibb, Jones,and Twiggs Counties. Navicent also has a large children's hospital inside the hospital.
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 $84M. Upon completion it was revealed that the fourth floor had not been built sturdy enough to accommodate the weight of the heart cath equipment. Subsequently, the third floor of the tower was closed off and reinforced as a platform to support the weight of the fourth floor. In 2012 the Medical Center has made it mandatory for all employees to receive the annual flu vaccination or face termination. This was in response to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announcing that they would deny reimbursement of healthcare organizations if at least 90% of workers did not receive the seasonal flu vaccine by 2020. This was met with some controversy considering that federal government pays out about $100 million annually to vaccination related injuries, with flu vaccination injuries making up the majority.
In September of 2014, Central Georgia Health System, the Organization that controls The Medical Center of Central Georgia, reorganized, after affiliating itself with two other Hospitals in the area, as Navicent Health.