New and improved

Mary Mannix
Welcome to the spring/summer issue of Health Matters! You will notice that the issue looks a little different from past issues. We are pleased to present a refreshed and updated version of our hospital’s magazine. Among the changes: the pages have been redesigned to reflect a more contemporary look and feel, our departments have new names, and you will see more health tips and stories on healthy lifestyle topics. Our goal is to make it easier than ever to learn about health and wellness and understand how Augusta Health fits into your life.

Sometimes we need hospital services when we least expect them. On a typical January morning, a stroke forced our cover story subject, Eleanor Stockdale, to our Emergency Department. Learn more about her story and how her friend — who was walking with her — may have saved her life.

Speaking of the ED, there is lots of exciting news to share. In April, we kicked off the groundbreaking for our new ED expansion. The expansion will add more beds, and renovations will provide for new nursing stations and easier flow so patients can enter and leave more quickly. It’s important to note that our Augusta Health Foundation has launched a campaign, Moments Matter, to help raise funds for the expansion. Learn more about the expansion and campaign.

While Augusta Health is there for you on a moment’s notice, we also offer care on a more long-term health basis. When he decided to undergo knee replacement surgery, Ernie Fishback also became eligible for an array of services to help him recover as quickly as possible following the procedure. These include the Prehab program before surgery, outpatient therapy directly after and an ongoing fitness regimen for the longer term. Read his story.

Finally, I leave you with a note about one of our many special employees. Laurie Buel, a longtime nurse with Augusta Health, provides service to community above and beyond her work at Augusta Health. She has taken several mission trips to Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. Read her story in our newly named section, Take Note. This section will shine a light on employees like Buel who are doing interesting, worthwhile and newsworthy things.

Happy reading!

Mary N. Mannix, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Augusta Health