Cutting edge medical care available in the midstate

Telegraph correspondentSeptember 30, 2012 

Middle Georgian’s are served by world-class medical facilities with more than 1,200 acute-care patient beds available.

Whether a native, newcomer or among the great number of active-duty and retired military personnel living in the area, residents have at hand an array of care centers including heart and cardiovascular, cancer, birth and infant, elderly, emergency, surgical and outpatient.

Most notably are The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Coliseum Health System in Macon and Houston County’s Houston Healthcare.

Peach County also is advancing area medical care services with a new $28 million Peach Regional Medical Center facility being built on the Ga. 247 Connector just west of Interstate 75. Officials say it will outgrow the current 25-bed Fort Valley facility by 15,000 square feet and allow greater outpatient services.

At a glance, the region’s medical facilities include the Georgia Heart Center in the Luce Heart Institute at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. The center offers a world-class heart and vascular program with services and treatments in all areas of cardiovascular care. Center statistics show 750 open heart surgeries performed each year and the center is a Level I trauma center.

With its wide range of inpatient and outpatient health care services, The Medical Center of Central Georgia has 637 patient beds and boasts a history from the late-1800s with beginnings in a two-story, eight-room brick residence. Today, the Medical Center is a full-service, acute care facility that serves 30 counties and treats patients from about 80 percent of Georgia’s 159 counties. It is the second largest hospital in the state.

Among its many other services are adult medicine and surgery, diagnostic services, emergency and urgent care, outpatient services, post acute care services, prevention and wellness care and education, the Georgia Neuro Center and women’s and children’s services.

Coliseum Health System is a three-hospital system known as Coliseum Medical Centers, Coliseum Northside Hospital and Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health -- two full-service medical-surgical hospitals and one psychiatric facility.

With 353 medical/surgical patient beds, Coliseum Health System offers a range of services such as a 24-hour ER and specialty facilities including the Coliseum Heart Institute, Coliseum Orthopaedic and Spine Institute, Coliseum Cancer Institute, Georgia Bariatric Center, Coliseum Diabetes Management Center, Coliseum Advance Wound Healing Center and the Family Ties Birthing Center, which includes a level III neonatal nursery.

The Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health has 60 beds and a variety of programs to serve patients needing psychiatric care, substance abuse services and other related services.

Inpatient and outpatient adult treatment programs are offered as well as a partial hospitalization option for patients needing the support of an inpatient program but not overnight supervision.

Houston Healthcare consists of seven separate entities including Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins and the Perry Hospital plus Houston Health Pavilion and other med-stops, a rehabilitation center and emergency medical services.

The health care system also operates a nonprofit facility providing free medical care to working, uninsured residents of Houston County.

Houston Healthcare has a combined capacity of 282 beds, including a 102-patient room northwest tower added in Warner Robins in 2008. A nine-bed addition is currently under construction in Perry.

Reflecting a comprehensive range of services, Houston Healthcare statistics show that in 2011 the system had 14,757 inpatient admissions, 82,240 ER visits, 16,332 surgeries and endoscopies, about 2,300 births, 130,600 outpatient visits and 45,073 med-stop visits.

In July, Houston Healthcare received its first class of resident physicians as part of its new Family Medicine Residency Program. The program’s goal is to provide training for primary care physicians and help bring primary care physicians to Middle Georgia to practice.

Hospitals

• Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital is a private 58-bed hospital offering both in- and out-patient rehabilitation services. 3351 Northside Drive, Macon, (478) 201-6500.

• Coliseum Health System is a three hospital system offering two full-service medical hospitals and one psychiatric facility. The system has more than 350 beds and all medical specialties are represented. www.coliseumhospitalsystem.com.

• Coliseum Northside: 400 Charter Blvd., Macon, (478) 757-8200.

Coliseum Medical Center: 350 Hospital Drive, Macon, (478) 765-7000.

• Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health: 340 Hospital Drive, Macon, (478) 741-1335.

• Houston Medical Center is a not-for-profit 237-bed general medical and surgical hospital offering both in- and out-patient services. 1601 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, (478) 922-4281, www.hhc.org.

• Monroe County Hospital is a 25-bed facility offering general medical and surgical services, 24-hour emergency room care, acute care admission, physical therapy, lab, occupational therapy and many other services. 88 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Forsyth, (478) 994-2521.

• Peach Regional Medical Center is a 25-bed facility offering general medical and surgical care. The hospital offers CT scans, mamograms, health fairs, health screenings and many other services. 601 Blue Bird Blvd., Fort Valley, (478) 825-8691.

• Perry Hospital is a 39-bed general medical and surgical hospital offering both in-patient and out-patient services. 1120 Morningside Drive, Perry, (478) 987-3600, www.hhc.org.

• Regency Hospital of Central Georgia is an acute long-term care hospital with 34 beds. 700 Spring St., Macon, (478) 633-8260, www.regencyhospital.com.

• Oconee Regional Medical Center is a 113-bed facility offering general medical and surgical services. The hospital offers both in-patient and out-patient services including a birthing room, skilled nursing care, cancer services, chemotherapy, screenings and imaging services, among other health care services. 821 North Cobb St., Milledgeville, (478) 454-3505, www.oconeeregional.com.

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