In the Community
We hope through our publications and reports you get a better understanding of Doctors Hospital of Augusta services that may be important to you and your family as you choose your health care provider. If you have questions, please contact us.
Community Benefits Reports
- Community Benefits Report 2013
- Community Benefits Report 2012
- Community Benefits Report 2011
- Community Benefits Report 2010
- Community Benefits Report 2009
Recognizing that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of care, Doctors Hospital is dedicated to providing our community with a variety of wellness services, such as childbirth classes, sports training clinics, free health screenings, and annual health events. Our exclusive outreach programs include:
- Living Well - an in-depth education initiative aimed at improving the health status and health knowledge of the Augusta community.
- h2u - Health, Happiness, You is a membership program for people 50-plus, designed to empower its members to manage their health and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
- Columbia County High School Clinical program - for several years now, Doctors Hospital has partnered with local schools to offer students clinical practice during the school year.
Giving Back to our Community
Doctors Hospital makes a substantial impact on the community each year and understands the value of giving its time, resources and expertise to various community endeavors. From contributions to charitable organizations to sponsoring ever-popular community wellness events and educational outreach programs, Doctors Hospital is committed to giving back to the community. Here are a few recent highlights.
At Doctors Hospital, we take care of our employees in their time of need. In tough economic times, we support our hospital family members through the Hope Fund and to date we’ve helped over 10,500 families in need as a company.
John Ellis, Sports Medicine Manager; Dean Beasley, Inpatient Rehab Director and Cindy Brown, Infection Control Directory, take some time out of their day to service lunch for the HCA Hope Fund cookout.
A Partnership of Caring: Doctors Hospital and The Lydia Project
Doctors Hospital is a proud community partner of The Lydia Project, an agency offering free services to female cancer patients and their families including rent, utility and prescription assistance, and support to combat the common feelings of hopelessness and isolation many women face throughout cancer treatment.
This year, construction on The Lydia Project’s Daksha Chudgar Lydia House, a 9,000 square foot respite facility was built in Augusta for women without a place to stay while undergoing cancer treatment, was completed. The Daksha House was built on Doctors Hospital’s campus and the hospital continues to be a proud supporter of all The Lydia Project’s efforts. Doctors provided assistance with fundraising and through the donation of necessary equipment and in-kind services so that both local women, and those traveling greater distances for treatment, have a supportive home base while on their journey to fight cancer.
History Made in Augusta: Doctors Hospital Participates in First Cancer Study of Its Kind
The American Cancer Society partnered with Doctors Hospital of Augusta to recruit Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) participants. This historic nationwide study was designed to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. Participants included men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who had never been diagnosed with cancer. In total, the study will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States. Over the course of the longitudinal study, participants will be asked to complete follow-up surveys every few years.
Locally, Doctors Hospital had an impressive turnout with 152 onsite participants at a one day recruitment event held in April. The support and dedication to finding a cure for cancer was evident among the Augusta community and Doctors Hospital staff.
The Southeastern Firefighters’ Burn Foundation
2012, Doctors Hospital contributed more than $125,000 to the Foundation. The funds are vital to continue programs that provide prescriptions, anti-scarring garments, transportation, meals, and housing to burn patients and their families through the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House and the Shirley Badke Resort.
Doctors Hospital was also vital in making the 2012 Burn Survivors Reunion a success. Approximately 300 burn survivors, family members, Burn Center staff, and volunteers gathered outside the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital for a day filled with fellowship and fun. There was a chili cook-off between some competitive first responders, face painting for the children, tours of the new Burn Center, and a balloon release. The Burn Survivors Reunion was a time for patients and families to celebrate their survival and reconnect with their healthcare staff.
Healthcare Science & Technology Education Program
In 2012, over 200 students participated in the intense program at Doctors Hospital that involves two-years of in-school science, math and health curriculum followed by one year of hands on, in-hospital training. A joint partnership between Doctors Hospital and five Columbia County High Schools, the program is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in healthcare. Additionally, this past summer we welcomed 50 Junior Volunteers from the CSRA wanting to get an early introduction to a variety of healthcare professions.
In 2012, Doctors Hospital team of volunteers raised $6,207 for the Light the Night CSRA Walk, benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Director of Inpatient Rehab, Dean Beasley, was recognized as Walk Chair for the 2012 event. Doctors Hospital received the Silver Sponsor Award for the 2012 Relay for Life walk benefiting the American Cancer Society.
Additionally, many staff members at Doctors Hospital volunteer throughout the year serving hundreds of community members at the Golden Harvest Food Bank in downtown Augusta. Golden Harvest Food Bank, a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization, provides quality food and other grocery products to those in need. Their mission is accomplished through local community support through direct service programs, volunteerism, food pantries, and community education about hunger.
2012 Community Events
The 2012 free community events at Doctors Hospital were all about women: women as the healthcare decision makers and heart of the family unit.
In February, motivational and keynote speaker, Zonya Foco, RD, had women in the community energized and engaged about improving their health and sticking to a heart-healthy diet. In April, Dr. Harvey Karp, a nationally renowned pediatrician, child development specialist, and author of the best-selling book, The Happiest Baby on the Block!, traveled to Augusta to speak to new moms and moms-to-be about positive parenting. In September, knee replacement surgical patient and retired professor, Jim Garvey, spoke to community members about climbing Peruvian mountain, Machu Picchu, after having knee replacement surgery. Jim’s wife was also there to speak about his decision to have the surgery and helping him recover as his wife and primary caretaker. Finally, in November, finalist from NBC’s the Biggest Loser program, Hannah Curlee, came to Augusta to inspire women with the story of her remarkable 120 pound weight loss. The title of the program, Healing Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul, was absolutely true as a local OB/GYN, NewsChannel6 Anchor, and financial expert rounded out the program’s discussion panel and gave women sound advice about how to live a balanced, and successful life. 2012 was truly the Year of the Woman at Doctors Hospital!
How can you really know the care you’re receiving is the best? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the lead federal agency tasked with improving healthcare nationwide, defines quality healthcare as doing the right thing at the right time in the right way to achieve the best possible results. At Doctors Hospital of Augusta, our team of experts lives by this definition every day; in fact, we’ve been recognized for our commitment to quality care by the most respected organizations in healthcare. Learn more about quality care at Doctors Hospital»