How the Center for Rural Health Support and Study can help

The task force began work in February 2016 focused on critical access hospitals in Georgia and rural hospitals.

Augusta University will make rural hospital stability an institutional priority, develop a model of clinical integration with selected rural hospitals, create and enhance academic programing and continuing education, and strengthen and expand telehealth.

To learn more, contact Catherine Clary, Director of the Center for Rural Health Study and Support.

Contact Us

Phone: 706-721-9540
Fax: 706-446-1050

Meet Our Team

Catherine Clary
Director, Center for Rural Health Support and Study

Catherine Clary currently serves as the Director for the Center for Rural Health Support and Study at Augusta University.  Prior to her position as Director, Catherine served as a physician liaison in Partnerships and Strategic Affiliations.  Before coming to Augusta University, Catherine practiced law in Atlanta. 

As Director of the Center for Rural Health Support and Study, Catherine provides leadership, direction and administrative management.  She assists in planning, development and implementation of healthcare solutions for rural hospitals and health systems.  Catherine collaborates with internal and external organizations to coordinate efforts for improving healthcare for rural Georgians. 

Catherine serves on the Auction Committee for the American Heart Association Heart Ball, and served as team captain for the CSRA American Heart Association Heart Walk.  She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the American Association of Physician Liaisons and the Augusta Metro Chamber’s Women in Business.  In Atlanta, Catherine was a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, the Shepherd Center Junior Committee and served as a Trustee for Shingleroof Campground.

Catherine received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, and her juris doctorate from Georgia State University School of Law.       

William P. Kanto, Jr., M.D.
Vice President for Clinical Outreach 

William P. Kanto Jr., M.D. chaired the Department of Pediatrics of the Medical College of Georgia and served as Medical Director of the MCGHealth Children's Medical Center for more than 16 years. Dr. Kanto, who is currently the Vice President for Clinical Outreach at AU Health, also served as the Chief Medical Officer for AU Health from 2010 until 2013. 

Dr. Kanto holds an M.D. degree from the University of Virginia and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He completed residency in pediatrics at the University of Virginia Medical Center and a fellowship in neonatology at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Dr. Kanto served for nine years as a member of the Medical Center Operations Board at the University of Virginia Medical Center and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Virginia School of Medicine Foundation.