“Augusta’s first hospital opened in 1818 – on a patch of property in Olde Town, bordered by Greene and Telfair streets. It provided care for the “sick poor” of the city, according to the historical marker on the site.
Some things never change.
Thousands of low-income area residents still visit that same patch of property every year to receive quality medical treatment. But this location rooted so deeply in Augusta’s medical past is playing an increasingly important role in the future of health care.
It’s now the main home to Christ Community Health Services – a nonprofit where founders Drs. Robert Campbell and Grant Scarborough wanted to heal bodies and, Lord willing, spirits.”
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Christ Community Health Services is renovating and expanding its Laney-Walker Clinic to treat more patients but also to address the growing need for mental health services for children. Click here to read the full story.
The sounds of saws and hammers will begin anew at the venerable Anne Boardman Widows Home after Christ Community Health Services successfully completed its $1.5 million capital campaign, officials announced Monday.
The funds will allow it to complete the renovation of the second and third floors of the home, with an eight-chair dental clinic on the third and physical therapy, community education and offices on the second, said Executive Director Jeff Drake.
The home, built in 1887, already has a 12-room clinic occupying the first floor…
It has venerable bones, but the Ann Boardman Widows Home might soon see a new phase of renovation that will encompass dental services at Christ Community Health Services and allow the clinic to move toward a new model of health care, officials said.
In 2015, Georgia, along with 18 other states opted not to expand its Medicaid Program and that means thousands of people who would have been covered were not.
Overall 12.7 million people signed up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act in 2016, including 33,718 here in Augusta.
WJBF News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman reports…
When Augusta businessman Clay Boardman purchased the Widows Home and donated it to Christ Community in 2007, it was with the stipulation that it be renovated to become a medical facility to serve the low-income population. Without the continued support of the local business community, the faith-based non-profit organization would not be able to fill the gap in healthcare for the uninsured and low-income.
Augusta doctor Chelsea Martin works and now lives near the historic Laney Walker/Bethlehem area. The area has suffered economically for decades, but now she hopes her family is a small part of helping it change.
“We are invested in the area, we really like the downtown area and when we were looking for a new place to live we stumbled upon this development,” said Martin.
The Heritage Pine neighborhood near 11th street where Martin chose to build her home is one of several developments…