The Stoney Building, located at 997 St. Sebastian Way houses the Augusta University Psychiatry and Health Behavior outpatient clinic, as well as offices for faculty, residents, students and staff. The building is listed with the Georgia Historical Society. It is formerly known as the Stoney Nurses Home of the Lamar College of Nursing and once served as a dormitory for nurses.
The Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior moved into the Stoney building from across campus in 2008 after extensive renovations to the historical and spacious building. The renovation design received input from departmental employees as well as Augusta University consumers.
Augusta University, home of the Medical College of Georgia, is one of only four public comprehensive research institutions in the state of Georgia.
Founded in 1828, the university includes nine colleges and schools with nearly 10,000 students, 1,000 full-time faculty members and 5,000 staff members. It houses the nation's 13th-oldest medical school, the state's sole dental college, an aligned and integrated health system, a growing intercollegiate athletics program, the highly respected Hull College of Business, the diverse Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, among other units. With 650 acres of campus and nearly 150 buildings, the university is a $1 billion-plus enterprise with statewide and national reach. The Medical College of Georgia includes a partnership campus in Athens, Ga., and satellite campuses in the Georgia cities of Albany, Rome and Savannah.
A major component of Augusta University is the Augusta University Health. The health system includes the 478-bed Augusta University Medical Center; the Georgia Regents Medical Office Building, with more than 80 outpatient practice sites in one convenient setting; the Critical Care Center, housing a 13-county regional Level I trauma center; the 154-bed Children's Hospital of Georgia; and a variety of centers and units such as the Sports Medicine Center and Georgia Regents Radiation Therapy Center.
Residents rotating through these services will experience diverse training involving a wide variety of patients, mental illnesses, and treatment modalities (supportive/group/family therapies, psychopharmacology, ECT, etc.) As the dominant provider of psychiatric services in the region, an excellent clinical base is available for training purposes.
Augusta University is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, the national body that establishes and enforces standards of quality for health care institutions. It is a member of the Council of Teaching Hospitals of the American Association of Medical Colleges, the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions and the University Hospitals Consortium, a nationwide association of hospitals serving medical universities. Admissions totaled 15,737 during the fiscal year 2000 with outpatient visits reaching 473,033. There are 411 active members of the Augusta University Medical Center medical staff and 235 active members of the Children's Hospital of Georgia medical staff, supported by 385 house staff members.
East Central Regional Hospital (ECRH) is part of the State of Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and DevelopmentalDisabilities regional hospital system. It is the second largest of seven hospitals which are geographically located to serve the diverse metropolitan and rural population of the state. East Central is composed of two campuses located at 3405 Mike Padgett Highway, Augusta, Georgia and 100 Myrtle Boulevard, Gracewood, Georgia.
The Augusta campus provides care for adults with psychiatric and substance abuse issues. The campus includes:
Treatment planning involves the disciplines of Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, and Activity Therapy.
The Gracewood Campus is a referral center for the state of Georgia and provides temporary and immediate care and long-term habilitation of persons with intellectual disability. The campus includes beds licensed as a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and an ICF-MR. Consumers are grouped by level of functioning and/or required care into four units which are further subdivided into smaller living areas. Specially trained staff provides Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Dental services, Activity Therapy, Work Therapy, Behavioral interventions, and Nursing care. An interdisciplinary team continuously works to find community placement for all appropriate consumers.
ECRH provides excellent training opportunities to Augusta University nursing students, medical students, psychiatric residents, psychology post-doc interns and residents, and psychiatry forensic fellows in the interdisciplinary method of treatment provision, and specialty areas such electroconvulsive therapy and Positive Behavioral Support.
The Augusta VA Medical Center (VAMC) proudly offers quality health care to our nation's veterans. The Augusta VAMC primary service area includes 17 counties in Georgia and seven counties in South Carolina; but as a member of the Atlanta Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN7), veterans who live as far away as Alabama may be cared for in the Augusta VAMC. Nine VA medical centers in the Southeast comprise the Atlanta Veterans Integrated Network (VISN7): Georgia -- Atlanta, Augusta, Dublin; South Carolina -- Charleston and Columbia; Alabama -- Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System in Montgomery and Tuskegee.
The Augusta VAMC is a two- division medical center which proides tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, and spinal cord injury.
The Downtown Division adjacent to the Augusta University has 155 beds (52 medicine, 37 surgery, six neurology, and 60 spinal cord injury). The Uptown Division, approximately three miles from Augusta University on Wrightsboro Road, has 165 beds (68 psychiatry, 72 intermediate medicine, 15 blind rehabilitation, and 10 rehabilitation medicine.). In addition, a 60-bed Nursing Home Care Unit and a 60-bed Domiciliary are located at the Uptown Division. The Augusta VAMC serves as a network resource for the treatment of psychiatric patients. Specialized programs are offered in alcohol/drug dependence, post-traumatic stress disorder, geropsychiatry, and acute and long-term care of the chronically mentally ill.
The Augusta VAMC prides itself on continually improving and expanding its health careknowledge. The VAMC fully supports, as part of its mission, graduate medical education. The use of the Augusta VAMC as a training site for MCG Residents has a long history, and the affiliation between the Augusta VAMC and Augusta University may be one of the older ones in the entire VA system. The Augusta VAMC's participation in this affiliation not only helps fulfill an education mission but also contributes to a high level of care provided to veteran patients. Medical residents are involved in nearly every aspect and phase of the care of medical and dental patients offered at the Augusta VAMC.
The Augusta State Medical Prison (ASMP) is an emergency receiving facility and public state hospital for medically and psychiatrically ill prisoners. It serves a large portion of Augusta and the surrounding counties. Residents work closely with the ASMP staff and psychiatrists to care for mentally ill prisoners. A wide array of psychiatric disorders are represented including mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, personality disorders, and somatoform disorders. Forensic issues and evaluation of malingering are important foci of training in this setting.