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M E M O R I A L H E A LT H A Clean Bill CEO SHAYNE GEORGE HAS BEEN CEO OF MEMORIAL HEALTH SINCE NOVEMBER 2017. of Health 612 Memorial Health has been a beacon of the community since 1955. Now, they’re investing in the health of the region for the long-haul. W E ALL HOPE WE NEVER HAVE TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL FOR AN EMERGENCY, BUT WHEN AN UN- EXPECTED ILLNESS STRIKES OR A FREAK ACCIDENT HAPPENS, knowing high-quality care is close by can be a comfort and a relief during a difficult time. emorial Health University Medi- cal Center provides that level of care in Savannah, southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The hospital is home to the region’s only Level 1 trauma center for the most serious illnesses and injuries. “Memorial provides essential Trauma, NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and Chil- dren’s services to a very broad region of more than 35 counties,” said Shayne George, CEO of Memo- rial Health. “To continue to meet the needs of our growing community, we must invest and we have been actively doing that. Since February 2018, we have announced more than $300 million of invest- ments in patient care.” The 612-bed hospital opened in 1955 and has since evolved into a place doctors refer patients for cardiovascular care, cancer treatment, children’s illnesses, complicated pregnancies and neonatal intensive care. “Within the next 12 months, the community will feel the impact of some of our largest individual investments as we open two new floors in our eart and Vascular Institute and our new Children’s Hospital. The reach of these invest- ments will touch virtually every service we offer through new technology solutions, new facilities and new services that improve the lives of families in our community,” George said. In 2018 Memorial became part of HCA Health- care. HCA is the largest private provider of care in the United States and the United Kingdom. During the transition, HCA continued the commitment to care in the region, particularly children’s services and the Children’s Hospital project. As of late 2020, Memorial will have the only dedicated, stand-alone pediatric hospital in the region with the opening of the 68-bed Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital. To design the hospital, the leadership team created focus groups of families, past patients and team members to get a broad perspective of what the new space should include. “If it’s a trauma, that family was not expecting to come to the hospital that day,” said Heather Newsome, executive director of the Children’s Hospital. “We created a family support space and added things like desks, laundry facili- ties and places to just be that give some comforts of home.” The hospital treats newborns through 18-year- olds, so they wanted to design a space that ap- pealed to all ages. “It’s about elevating the patient and family experience,” Newsome said. “I think we get caught in thinking that children are small adults, and that’s not a reality. In the free-standing space, kids know it’s a kids’ space, and that brings a whole different comfort le el to the child.” Memorial is also a teaching hospital, training some of the brightest minds in life-changing medi- cine. In addition to the main hospital, children’s hospital, and medical education program, Memo- rial Health offers primary and specialty care facil - ties and a 24-hour nurse call center for questions and health concerns. As Memorial continues its investment in the re- gion and long-standing tradition of excellent care, it will remain a hospital where patients can rest assured they’re receiving the best possible medical treatment when they need it most.• BY THE NUMBERS H OS PITAL B EDS 300m 285k INVESTED SINCE 2018 PATIENTS TREATED BY MEMORIAL HEALTH IN 2018 3,000 TRAUMA CASES TREATED BY MEMORIAL HEALTH IN 2018 47K+ CHILDREN TREATED BY MEMORIAL HEALTH IN 2018 Go to for more information. by Molly Clancy • Photography by D. Paul Graham SOUTH December | January 2020 33