Children are not just small adults; they are different and their health care needs are constantly changing. This is why it is vital that children need children's hospitals. When a child is hospitalized, the entire family is impacted. The Children's Hospital is committed to comprehensive, round-the-clock care with a highly trained pediatric staff to administer personal service to the smallest patient and their family.
Expanding on a distinguished past
For over two decades, The Children's Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia has been the primary source of healthcare for Central Georgia children providing the highest quality, personalized, child-friendly, and cost efficient pediatric care in our region. Since its founding in 1987, the 112-bed hospital has served children, infant to 18 years of age from over 29 primary Central and South Georgia counties and over 50 secondary counties regardless of the family's ability to pay. As the only dedicated children's facility between Atlanta, Georgia and Gainesville, Florida, The Children's Hospital offers an array of over 20 pediatric sub-specialists from Pediatric Surgery to Pediatric Cardiology. The Children's Hospital partners with Mercer University School of Medicine to be a teaching hospital where residents learn pediatric medicine.
The Children's Hospital expands quality healthcare beyond The Medical Center of Central Georgia walls. Outreach services such as the Children's Health Center, The Crescent House, Hope For Kids and Children's Hospital Outpatient Services provide children and their families high quality outpatient care close to home.
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In 1985 Dr. Oscar Spivey,
Chairman of Pediatrics at Mercer University School of Medicine,
and Dr. Frank Boyer, Chief of Pediatrics at The Medical Center
of Central Georgia began discussions concerning the need for a
hospital for children in Macon. Over the past few years a concept,
established by Vanderbilt University Hospital, of a "Children's
Hospital within a Hospital" has developed. This allows for
hospitals to develop administrative lines to function more efficiently,
without overlapping of services, to meet the special needs of
children with unique problems. Dr. Spivey discussed the possibility
of establishing such an institution with the administration of
The Medical Center of Central Georgia and after searching the
area decided to visit such an institution which most closely paralleled
the medical environment and needs of the Macon, Middle and Central
In November of 1986 Dr. Bowyer and Dr. Spivey visited the "Children's
Hospital" at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South
Carolina. The hospital is a City County Hospital servicing the
needs of indigent and private patients operating under an Authority
similar to the circumstances in Macon and Bibb Bounty.
They were both tremendously impressed by the rapport among the
personnel, the standards of care, and above all the institution.
The Children's Hospital within a Hospital at Richland Memorial
had dramatically taken giant steps forward establishing special
services and programs for children and young people. The strongest
impression given was the enthusiastic community support and involvement.
Meetings with community leaders were impressive in that they all
strongly supported and were positively involved in the on-going
operation of the Children's Hospital.
In December 1986, a Letter of Support for the establishment of
a Children's Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia
was written and signed by all of the Pediatricians in Macon. This
was presented to the Hospital authority by Dr. Spivey in early
1987 and had led to an administrative set up pattered after that
at Vanderbilt's Hospital and that at Richland Memorial in Columbia.
The establishment of these administrative guidelines have led
to the proposed establishment of a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
and a new pediatric wing of The Medical Center with 32 beds with
the potential of expansion to 64 beds if the need is warranted.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is to undergo a much needed expansion.
There will also be a 4 room unit in the Emergency Center designated
for pediatrics patients.
It is the hope that with The Medical School and the Children's
Hospital that we may attract other special physicians particularly
in the area of intensive care, neonatology, and hematology/oncology
These are exciting developments and will no doubt improve the
facilities and programs for the needs of children in this area.
The Macon pediatricians are involved in the ground work of developing
the Children's Hospital and are very optimistic about its success,
but, desperately needs the input of concerned citizens of this
and surrounding communities. It is an opportunity to develop a
real fist class facility to meet the needs of small children in
this area. It is our hope that you will help us.
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2012-13 Board of Directors
Obioha Okoro, MD
Helen Smith - Emeritus
Oscar Spivey, MD - Emeritus
Logan Persons Weaver
Cyndee Adams, RN
Tony Pearson-Shaver, MD
Mitch Rodriguez, MD
Edward Clark, MD
Tommi Gill, RN, Assistant VP
Rebecca Cogburn, RN
Aimee Lowery, RN
Judy Paull, Chief Nursing Officer
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To serve as a regional healthcare resource for children in Central and South Georgia by providing comprehensive patient care and disease prevention in collaboration with the medical staff and community agencies, including age appropriate health education to children, parents, and healthcare practitioners.
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That children's healthcare and educational services will be of the highest quality and delivered in an environment that is sensitive to the needs of the child and family unit.
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