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The Academic Health Center: Advantages and differences

Augusta University Health helps the community take control of their healthcare. As the region’s only academic health center, we provide patients of all ages with the highest level of collaborative expertise, latest technological advances and renowned patient- and family-centered care.

What is an academic health center?

An academic health center is more than a regular hospital. At Augusta University Health, it’s a partnership between our team of healthcare providers and Augusta University, which includes the Medical College of Georgia, focusing on three primary missions:

  • Patient care
  • Education
  • Research

As an academic health center, our world-class physicians make use of the most up-to-date medical research and technology to train the next generation of physicians, address the most complex diagnoses and provide the most appropriate treatment options.

Because of its role as a teaching hospital, Augusta University Health has access to cutting-edge technology that isn’t available to other hospitals in the community. The faculty and staff are able to use those technologies to help patients deliver the best care possible.

The Academic Health Center Difference

From routine care to complex issues, an academic medical center is the place to go for all your family’s health care needs.

Unlike community hospitals, teams of caregivers can provide patients with:

  • A full range of primary, specialty and subspecialty care from some of the most renowned specialists in the country.
  • New treatment options, including clinical trials that connect qualifying patients with treatments and/or counsel free of charge.
  • A culture of continuous learning, which leads to better care and health outcomes for all patients.

It is generally acknowledged that the level of care is improved in an academic environment. Patients can expect to get a lot of attention from faculty and trainees, resulting in the most comprehensive care.

Best of all, you’ll always feel in control of your care at Augusta University Health because of our healthcare model of patient- and family- centered care (PFCC).

PFCC principles mean that patients and their family members should have a voice in all aspects of their treatment. So from day one, you and your family will partner with our care team to make the decisions that are right for you, and that will provide you and your family with the best possible care at the hospital and throughout the healing process.

At Augusta University Health, we’re dedicated to helping you advance your options in healthcare every step of the way. Find a primary care physician or schedule an appointment at Augusta University Health or call (706)-721-2273 (CARE).

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Augusta University Health

Based in Augusta, Georgia, Augusta University Health is a world-class health care network, offering the most comprehensive primary, specialty and subspecialty care in the region. Augusta University Health provides skilled, compassionate care to its patients, conducts leading-edge clinical research and fosters the medical education and training of tomorrow’s health care practitioners. Augusta University Health is a not-for-profit corporation that manages the clinical operations associated with Augusta University.