Our Vision

Secure University’s long-term sustainability to continue serving the Augusta region.

Our Vision

Secure University’s long-term sustainability to continue serving the Augusta region.

While the terms are yet to be finalized, this partnership would transform University and further our commitment to providing high-quality, compassionate care to our residents in the Augusta region. Key details of the LOI include:

  • Establishing University as the Piedmont Healthcare Augusta “Hub” for clinical services.
  • Leveraging the expertise of Piedmont Healthcare to enhance high-quality care as well as improve operational expertise.
  • Investing more than $1 billion over 10 years to enhance and expand University facilities, information technology, and clinical infrastructure and operational capabilities to better serve the diverse healthcare needs of the region.
  • Keeping local representation on the Board of Directors in place to ensure our community’s voice is heard as part of decision-making regarding the Augusta Clinical Hub.
  • Maintaining current staff.
  • Maintaining current medical staff membership and privileges. Piedmont will also leverage its resources to recruit additional highly qualified providers to Augusta.
  • Investing at least $2 million annually to support community benefit programs and other initiatives to address health disparities and inequities.
  • Ensuring all fundraising dollars and endowments of the University Health Care Foundation remain local.

Patient and Community Benefits

University Health Care System has cared for the Augusta region for 203 years, making it one of the longest-serving hospitals in the country. Our legacy is strengthened with this partnership.

Local, high-quality healthcare access is key to ensuring the Augusta region is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Through our partnership, University would be part of Piedmont’s innovative hub-and-hub strategy, establishing University as the Piedmont Healthcare Augusta Hub for clinical expertise and services.

Importantly, patients will continue to see the same providers they know and trust.

The University Board will safeguard our trusted position as a community non-profit partner with a local Board and Management Team in place to oversee services close to home for all residents – regardless of their ability to pay. Top of mind for the Board is to maintain or enhance our current patient quality of care, elevate our regional relevance and position the health system to take advantage of opportunities that are otherwise not possible.

This will ultimately help us achieve our vision and secure high-quality healthcare in the Augusta region for years to come.

Employee and Physician Benefits

We have so much to be proud of, and our success is due in large part to the commitment of our employees and providers who bring our mission to life each day. 

As part of a partnership, Piedmont is committed to retaining and investing in our local talent and creating a workplace that attracts the best clinicians. Our employees and physicians are vital to delivering and advancing care in the Augusta region. Without them, we cannot exist. One of our primary goals with Piedmont Healthcare is to maintain current University employees and a strong physician community.

University physicians will maintain their current medical staff membership and privileges. Piedmont will also leverage its resources to recruit additional highly qualified providers to University, and all employed physicians will join the Piedmont Clinic (Piedmont’s Clinically Integrated Network) and have access to all the resources, expertise, intellectual capital and associated support as provided to all other Piedmont Clinic physicians. Independent physicians who qualify will be invited to join the Piedmont Clinic.

The Board has the best interests of everyone in mind and, as we work through this process, retaining our employees and maintaining a strong physician community is paramount.