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Major Change Possible for One of Augusta’s Oldest Medical Facilities



University Hospital has announced it may become part of Piedmont Healthcare. The University Health Care System Board of Directors approved a non-binding letter of intent to join Piedmont.

Hugh Hamilton, chairman of University’s Board of Directors and the Richmond County Hospital Authority, calle...

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  1. This ‘merger’ is nothing to be scared about. All it does is insures that UH stays viable longer to provide healthcare services to the community than it would on it’s own. I say ‘merger’ because that is not what this is, A pure definition of a merger is when two companies combine to form one new company. Clearly in this case, UH is becoming a part of the huge Piedmont system. Hence the hint of the new name, Piedmont Augusta. But none of that matters really either as other than what we call it going forward, the healthcare consumer likely won’t be able to tell the difference. Hopefully what folks dislike about UH now will improve some and it is unlikely anything will deteriorate in the service. But then again, make no mistake, Piedmont is getting huge. Back at the beginning of the month, Piedmont also announced they were buying 2 hospitals in Macon, 1 hospital in Snellville and the hospital in Cartersville from the parent company of Doctors Hospital. I’m not sure if Piedmont is counting these 4 new ones in their count of 11 or not.

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