Athens-Clarke County is home to two of the best hospitals in Georgia. In 2011, the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals named Athens Regional Health System the Large Hospital of the Year. Across town, St. Mary’s Health Care System won the same award in 2010.
Athens Regional Medical Center (ARMC) is a 315-bed referral center serving the northeast Georgia area. Athens Regional offers the community a vast array of services that make it one of the most sophisticated facilities in northeast Georgia. Included are open heart surgical services, midwifery services, a free-standing substance abuse treatment center, a heart catheterization laboratory, rehabilitation services, a lab outreach facility, a neonatal intensive care unit, an outpatient surgery center, a free-standing outpatient radiology center, a diagnostic and therapeutic oncology unit, laser surgery, lithotripsy, MRI, a 24-bed intensive care unit, a diabetes education program, a neurosurgery unit, and more. In addition, ARMC recognizes its commitment to business and industry in the community through a unique program entitled HealthSense - an unlimited, economical resource to better health. Visit Athens Regional's website.
St. Mary's Hospital emphasizes six medical specialties: neurosciences, orthopedics, women's health, children's health, gastroenterology, and care for an aging population with over 300 beds available. St. Mary's introduced the first StealthStation neurosurgical platform to Northeast Georgia, providing a highly accurate way for surgeons to perform certain procedures on the spine and brain. The Clute Barrow Nelson Children's Center is the region's largest pediatric-capable general nursing unit. Visit St. Mary's Hospital's website.
Athens is also the medical hub for the northeast Georgia and lake country regions, with a variety of board certified medical specialists in diverse areas, including oncology, cardiology and neurology.