St. Mary's Hospital Athens

Piedmont Healthcare

State and local leaders along with healthcare providers are taking part in conversations about COVID-19 this afternoon.

The CEOs of Piedmont Athens Regional hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare System discussed the situation in the Athens area. 

Piedmont CEO Michael Burnett.

“We have evolved over how we treat these patients. Certain drugs like remdesivir, steroids, have helped improve length of stay, helped with mortality. We are seeing less patients being put into ICU as a percentage of COVID patients.”


St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, along with Sacred Heart in Lavonia are providing more than 2,000 free food boxes to community residents in need.

The Farmers to Families Food Box Program will hand out 30 to 40-pound boxes to anyone coming through their drive-through line. Dr. Tamara Bourda is Regional VP of Community Health and Wellbeing with the facility. She explains how the process works.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Both Athens hospitals experienced such high volumes of traffic Wednesday that they had to divert patients to other hospitals. Diversion means facilities send all incoming patients and ambulances to other hospitals. District 7 Commissioner Russell Edwards addressed the situation.

St. Mary’s Resuming Services with Focus on Safety

Jun 16, 2020

With more restrictions being lifted in Georgia, healthcare facilities are providing more services, some of which had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Public Relations Manager Mark Ralston says St. Mary’s Hospital is among those resuming services, with a focus on safety.

St. Mary’s Hospital has all its openings for new residents. This is the sixth time in the six-year history of the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership Internal Residency Program that the facility has done so.

The new residents will begin practicing at St. Mary's Health Care System on July 1. They will work under the supervision of advanced resident physicians and physician faculty from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, as well as area community-based teaching faculty.