At a time of progressive growth in Macon’s history when hospitalization was still a relatively new concept nationwide, a group of concerned citizens championed the establishment of a community healthcare facility to treat area residents in need of quality medical care.
On March 27, 1895, The Macon Hospital, now known as The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), officially opened at 820 Pine St., offering accommodations for four private and sixteen ward patients.
What began as a two-story, eight-room brick residence constructed in the mid-1840s soon grew to include operating rooms and wards located in outbuildings on the property behind the main structure.
Olin H. Weaver, M.D., a young Atlanta physician, was recruited by Macon’s townsfolk to organize the new hospital and become its first administrator. Dr. Weaver and his staff — a nurse, two maids, two orderlies, one cook, and a nurse superintendent — initially served a population of 22,000 residents.
As Maconites became accustomed to the notion that their new community hospital was a place of healing and not a gateway leading to “lost hope and no return,” (-anonymous) the facility began to thrive. Much of the hospital’s early success is attributed to Dr. Weaver’s leadership, as well as the astute assistance of the hospital’s first chairman of the Medical Board, Dr. William F. Holt, and his successor, Dr. Henry McHatton.
In the ensuing years, MCCG evolved into a 637-bed, full-service, acute care hospital that now serves an estimated population of 750,000 residents in central and south Georgia and is the second largest hospital in the state. Accredited by the Joint Commission ofAccreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the medical facility serves a primary service area of 30 counties and treats patients from nearly 80 percent of Georgia’s 159 counties. MCCG is a designated Level I Trauma Center and one of 42 twice-designated Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence nationwide. It provides a broad range of community-based, outpatient diagnostic, primary care, extensive home health and hospice care, and comprehensive cancer and rehabilitation services.
As a part of Central Georgia Health System (CGHS), MCCG is a 501(c)(3) private, not for-profit corporation. The hospital is owned by the Macon-Bibb Hospital Authority and maintains an active affiliation with Secure Health Plans of Georgia, a network of central Georgia hospitals and physician providers.
Distinguished nationally for its excellence, MCCG is also one of the premier teaching hospitals in the United States and serves as the primary teaching hospital for the Mercer University School of Medicine. MCCG supports residency-training programs in family practice, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics. The hospital has more than 100 medical residents and fellows in training. As a teaching hospital, MCCG is able to attract the best and the brightest to the area.
Central Georgia Health System
Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) was incorporated on November 17, 1994, as a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and other affiliated entities, in their mission of providing a comprehensive range of high-quality, reasonably priced health care services to the central and south Georgia community. Currently, these other entities include Medcen Community Health Foundation, Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital, Central Georgia Home Care Services, Health Services of Central Georgia, and Carlyle Place.
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