World-class health care available at local hospitals

Telegraph correspondentOctober 6, 2013 

Health care needs are never at a standstill and neither are the advancements in services and facilities available to Middle Georgia residents.

Whether it’s tending to a minor ache or pain at one of Houston Healthcare’s med-stops or replacing a heart valve using a cutting-edge but minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement at The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s new Aortic Stenosis TAVR Clinic, Middle Georgians are covered.

In terms of facilities, adding to the midstate’s world-class medical facilities and well over 1,200 available acute-care patient beds is the Medical Center of Peach County, newly opened to patients in mid-July.

Located just west of Interstate 75 on the Ga. 247 Connector, the $27 million facility outgrew the old Peach Regional Medical Center by 15,000 square feet and allows greater inpatient and outpatient services.

Nancy Peed, CEO of the Medical Center of Peach County, said while the daily patient census at the former facility averaged 10 to 13 patients, the new 25-bed facility is averaging 18 to 22.

She said a new 64-slice CT scanner is evidence of the center’s advancing technology and the ability to perform procedures previously not possible, the fact the hospital has relocated and is thriving reflects the pride the community has in the facility.

“I’ve heard people say time and time again that this is the most beautiful facility they’ve ever seen,” she said. “They didn’t expect it to be this nice. We’re all incredibly thankful to have partnered with Central Georgia Health System to make this a reality. While many small-town hospitals don’t have the resources to stay open or much less to grow, we’ve been able to grow and to thrive greatly.”

Peed said the facility’s location in the center of Peach County near the interstate makes it more attractive and accessible to doctors as well as patients. She said it has enabled the Medical Center of Peach County to attract a growing number of admitting physicians and specialists to serve patients.

The Medical Center of Central Georgia

Other of 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

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 emergency room 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

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, winner of multi-year designations among the country’s top 100 hospitals, has a combined capacity of 282 beds, including a 102-patient room northwest tower recently added in Warner Robins and a nine-bed addition in Perry.

Houston Healthcare’s Family Medicine Residency Program provides training for primary care physicians and helps bring primary care physicians to Middle Georgia.

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.

• The Medical Center of Central Georgia: 777 Hemlock St., Macon, 478-633-1000

• The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia: 858 High St., 478-633-1000

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

• Coliseum Medical Centers: 350 Hospital Drive, Macon, 478-765-7000. 

• Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health: 340 Hospital Drive, Macon, 478-741-1355. 

• Houston Medical Center: 1601 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, 478-922-4281, www.hhc.org. 

• Perry Hospital: 1120 Morningside Drive, Perry, 478-987-3600, 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, www.monroehospital.org.

• The Medical Center of Peach County: 601 Blue Bird Blvd., Fort Valley, 478-825-8691, www.peachregional.org.

• Regency Hospital of Central Georgia is an acute long-term care hospital with 34 beds. 535 Coliseum Drive, Macon, 478-803-7300, 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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