Mission: The medical center is a 583-licensed bed acute care hospital, which meets the health and medical needs of a diverse community with a wide array of services, many of which are available nowhere else in the region. The medical center is home to one of the six regional perinatal centers serving 27 georgia and alabama counties and also provides advanced emergency services as a level 2 trauma center.
Programs: The medical center, inc. Is a 583-licensed bed tertiary care "safety net" hospital providing a wide array of services to meet the health and medical needs of a diverse region. The medical center is also home to the john b. Amos cancer center, a comprehensive multi-disciplinary cancer center. One of the top birth centers and one of six regional perinatal centers in the state, the medical center offers the region's only advanced (level 3) maternity services, neonatal intensive care unit and pediatric intensive care unit. As a regional perinatal referral center, the medical center serves 21 counties in georgia and two in east alabama. The hospital also provides the region's only dedicated trauma center - a level 2 facility serving the 13 counties of georgia region 7. The medical center is home to the family practice residency program which has provided advanced training to physicians since 1972. In addition, the medical center has an affiliation agreement with mercer university school of medicine in macon, georgia, to provide columbus-based training to third and fourth year medical students.
the john b. Amos cancer center, the region's leading provider of cancer services, is part of the medical center, inc. The center is accredited by the commission on cancer of the american college of surgeons - the only cancer center with this distinction in the 14-county service area. The center offers a full range of cancer treatment services, a wide array of cancer support services for patients and families and access to clinical research trials for a variety of cancers. Services include medical and radiation oncology, radiation therapy, outpatient chemotherapy, nutrition services, pharmacy, and lab patient navigation support groups and pastoral care. In keeping with its tax-exempt mission, the medical center makes health and medical services available to everyone in the service area, regardless of their ability to pay. Many of these patients are classified as indigent residents of muscogee county, and as such are covered under a contractual agreement with the columbus consolidated government. As a safety net hospital, the medical center provides a variety of essential services, including emergency and trauma services for children and adults, advanced maternity services and a neonatal intensive care unit, and a dedicated children's hospital with a pediatric intensive care unit. On june 12, 2013, the medical center opened a pediatric emergency department. This is the areas first and only emergency department designed and staffed exclusively to care for children up to age 19. This new department offers a separate entrance and a staff specially trained to treat the unique needs of children. In fiscal year 2016, the medical center had 17,520 inpatient admissions, 179,186 outpatient visits, 93,897 emergency visits, 326 neonatal intensive care admissions, 157 pediatric intensive care admissions and 2,612 deliveries. Employees of the medical center are engaged in community activities and support activities of the american cancer society, the american heart association, the juvenile diabetes foundation and other charitable causes. Disproportionate share hospitalthe medical center, a designated medicaid disproportionate share hospital, participates in the indigent care trust fund voluntary contribution program created by the state legislature. The goal of the indigent care trust fund is to improve access to health care for the indigent by expanding medicaid eligibility, funding indigent care and supporting primary health care. Proceeds from the participation in this program are transferred to columbus regional healthcare system for designation and use as the community health development fund. The fund's purpose is to identify areas of need in the counties targeted as the service area and to develop programs that address these needs and reduce access barriers to health care. Family practice centerthe family practice center is a service of the medical center, inc. And affiliate, columbus ambulatory healthcare services, inc. It provides a variety of health and medical services to families of the region, regardless of ability to pay. Services include family medicine, geriatrics, prenatal and pediatric services, imaging and laboratory services. The family practice center is operated by the faculty of the family practice residency program, which was established by the medical center in 1972 to train primary care physicians to serve primarily in rural and other medically underserved areas. The center serves as a training site for residents in the program. Family practice residency programthe medical center was the first hospital in georgia to establish a family practice residency program to train physicians in family practice. The program is licensed to train forty residents and is fully accredited by the accreditation council for graduate medical education. The primary purpose of the program is to train physicians to serve in rural and other underserved areas. Indigent careindigent patients receive what could be their only source of affordable, available care through a primary care clinic, multiple specialty clinics and the services of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinics. This helps reduce the burden of health care costs by providing an alternative to using the more costly, highly specialized emergency department for non-emergent care. Access to a multitude of services is increased for indigent and low-income patients as clinic staff network with support groups, charitable organizations and social service agencies in the area. The medical center, inc. Provides outpatient and inpatient services to the city's indigent through a contractual agreement with the columbus consolidated government. The objective of this indigent care program is to provide comprehensive health care for columbus residents who are not covered under a private or governmental insurance plan. Individuals meeting residency and income requirements have access to a primary care clinic and various specialty clinics staffed by qualified physicians and other health care personnel. The clinics provide diagnostic services, preventative care and medical treatment, and health education. If inpatient admission is required, patients receive care at the medical center, where they have access to a full range of diagnostic and treatment services. In addition to ensuring care for the city's indigent residents, the medical center provides inpatient care and certain outpatient services to the community's prison population. During fiscal year 2016, total charges to provide inpatient and outpatient services through the indigent care program were $24,548,002. Total payments from the columbus consolidated government were $13,948,050, leaving a deficit of $10,599,952.