Investing in Our Community
Augusta University Health plays a critical role in boosting Augusta’s financial health. A Georgia Hospital Association study released in May 2012 reported that Medical Center at Augusta University pumped $1.04 billion into the local economy in fiscal year 2010, up $26 million from 2009 for the not-for-profit health system. Additionally, Augusta University's academic and research initiatives generated more than $832 million locally, according to a 2010 University System of Georgia report, for a combined impact of $1.9 billion.
Medical Center at Augusta University employees volunteer their time in our community and contribute to its health, education and well being by supporting various community organizations, including the United Way of the CSRA, the American Cancer Society, Golden Harvest Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House and American Heart Association.
Augusta University Health has long recognized that art plays an important role in healing. There are pianos in two of the hospital entrances, and local musicians, including harpists and guitarists, play regularly for patients as additional therapeutic "medicine." Augusta University Health commissioned regional artists to create art for the Cancer Center, which opened in 2009. The result is more than 100 pieces in a combination of genres throughout the two-story facility, including the Ribbons of Hope sculpture, which cascades above the stairwell, serving as a focal point in the building's atrium. Local and regional art is now being used throughout the adult hospital, including pieces by Lucy Weigle outside the Heart Rhythm Center on the eighth floor. In the Children' Hospital of Georgia, student-created murals are displayed in side the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit so that the view from each child's bed reveals bright, colorful, kid-friendly art pieces.
In keeping with our philosophy on the healing power of arts, Augusta University Health is the presenting sponsor of Augusta's annual Westobou Festival, an acclaimed arts event that draws visitors from across the Southeast. The Westobou Festival encompasses 10 days of cultural events featuring local, regional and nationally-recognized artists primarily in the disciplines of dance, music, theater and visual arts.
As the patient care provider on the Augusta University campus, the hospitals and clinics of Medical Center at Augusta University provide the opportunity for hundreds of nurses, residents and clinical students to hone their patient care skills. We also help fund the education of numerous Augusta University students through a margin allocation. To date, Medical Center at Augusta University, has transferred nearly $94.3 million to Augusta University to support its education and research mission.