Looking ahead to a new year in 2020

Mary Mannix

Season’s greetings, and welcome to the winter issue of Health Matters! The end of the year is the perfect time to reflect on how far we’ve come and look ahead to new goals. As we at Augusta Health conclude our first 25 years, we are proud of what we’ve accomplished and eager to expand the services we offer our community. Our strategic plan builds on our past achievements and allows us to prepare for the future, delivering the best care and patient experience. In this issue, Vice President of Business Development Mark LaRosa shares details of the plan, which will guide our next chapter.

Our team of caregivers is integral to the strategic plan and to the health of our patients. We highlight our inaugural Augusta Health Excellence in Nursing Awards, which put the spotlight on nurses nominated by their peers for their commitment to Augusta Health’s vision and goals. We offer our gratitude and congratulations to these exemplary award winners. We also express our appreciation to Dr. Harry Lynn Moore, who’s retiring after decades of providing care to our community.

Some of our specialties that elevate the experience for our patients include cardiology, oncology, urgent care and our expanded Emergency Department. In this issue, you’ll meet Betty Roadcap, for whom a tiny scratch turned into a mysteriously debilitating wound. Roadcap was referred to Augusta Health cardiologist Ashkan Karimi, MD, who performed a curative procedure that got her back on her feet.

Also in this issue, get to know our cancer navigators, difference-makers at Augusta Health who support, educate, care and advocate for our cancer patients. A cancer diagnosis is a heavy burden to bear, but navigators like Angie Shy, RN, help lighten the load of treatment and provide emotional support for patients.

We’ve prioritized education and guidance across specialties. We’ll introduce you to John Karaffa, who, after a surprise diabetes diagnosis, found support from Augusta Health’s educators, lifestyle coaches and, of course, physicians.

Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy new year.

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