Augusta University Medical Center

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Augusta University Health
LocationAugusta, Georgia, United States
Affiliated universityAugusta University, Medical College of Georgia
154 (Children's Hospital of Georgia)
ListsHospitals in Georgia

Augusta University Health is an academic health center that manages the clinical operations associated with Augusta University. It is a health care network that offers primary, specialty and sub-specialty care in the Augusta, Georgia area and throughout the Southeastern United States.

On August 30, it was announced that its merger with Wellstar Health System had been completed.[1]


Augusta University Health's facilities include:[2]

  • 478-bed medical center
  • 154-bed children's hospital
  • Medical office building with more than 80 outpatient practice sites
  • 13-county regional Level 1 trauma center at the Critical Care Center
  • Cancer center, including a freestanding outpatient clinic, radiation oncology building and the M. Bert Storey Cancer Research Building
  • Convenient satellite locations, including Augusta University Medical Associates at West Wheeler, Augusta University Medical Associates at Lake Oconee, Roosevelt Warm Springs and various freestanding clinics for specialty and subspecialty care
  • Augusta University Health also partners with rural hospitals across Georgia to improve access to advanced health care options.


The hospital has received several awards.

The Breast Health Center was named Augusta's only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology in 2011.[3]

The Kidney Transplant Excellence Award from Healthgrades was awarded in 2009 and 2010.[4] GRMC was one of 10 kidney transplant programs to receive the distinction.

Children's Hospital of Georgia[edit]

The Children's Hospital of Georgia (CHOG) is a 154-bed academic children's hospital, and is the only children's hospital in the Augusta area. CHOG provides the highest level of neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care available as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics.[5] It is staffed by a team of pediatric specialists who deliver inpatient and outpatient care for everything from common childhood illnesses to life-threatening conditions like heart and neurological conditions and cancer.

The facility opened in 1998 as part of the Medical College of Georgia's 10 year master-plan expansion as the MCGHealth Children's Medical Center, and was renamed in 2013.[6] The hospital is among the largest pediatric facilities in the United States.[7]

CHOG has an award-winning Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program, which is considered a pioneer in this area, having started the first program in the Southeast in 1985,[8] and having been designated a Center of Excellence in 2012.[9]

Merger with Wellstar[edit]

In December 2022, it was announced the Augusta University Health would proceed with a merger with the Atlanta-based Wellstar Health System - the goal being to provide more ample options for students at the Medical College of Georgia to study around the state of Georgia. Following approval by the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents in April 2023, the system would be renamed Wellstar MCG Health when the merger is completed at a later date.[10]

On August 30, it was announced that the merger was completed.

Quality improvement[edit]

In 1993, Augusta University Medical Center implemented a program in which patients and family members serve as advisers to the hospital in order to provide input that can lead to general quality improvement efforts.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "An Atlanta-area hospital system has completed its takeover of Augusta University's hospitals". Associated Press. Retrieved 19 September 2023.
  2. ^ "Health Services".
  3. ^ "Breast Health Center at MCGHealth Named an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence". Archived from the original on 24 June 2013.
  4. ^ Dobbel, Jacey. "Nation's Top Hospital Organ Transplant Centers Identified by Healthgrades". Archived from the original on 24 June 2013.
  5. ^ "About Children's Hospital of Georgia".
  6. ^ Corwin, Tom. "MCG Hospital, Children's get new names". The Augusta Chronicle. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  7. ^ "About Children's Hospital of Georgia".
  8. ^ "2013 Columbia County Resource Guide" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Centers of Excellence - Extracorporeal Life Support Organization". Archived from the original on 5 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Wellstar, AU Health reach deal on merger plans". MSN. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  11. ^ "Patient Advisers Participate in Hospital Councils, Committees, Staff Training, and Other Activities, Contributing to Improved Patient Satisfaction and Better Organizational Performance Issues as an Alternative to Outpatient and Inpatient Care". Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 22 April 2014. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014.

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