FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Medical Center Receives $20,000 to Support Pediatric Care in Columbus
COLUMBUS, GA (January 31, 2012)– The Medical Center is pleased to accept a $20,000 grant from the Amerigroup Foundation to further the development of health and medical services for children in Columbus covered by Medicaid.
Dr. Tunde Sotunde, CEO of Amerigroup-Community Care of Georgia, made the announcement today at the Columbus Regional Conference Center at The Medical Center. Dr. Sotunde and Dr. William Alexander, Chief Medical Director for Amerigroup-Community Care of Georgia, saluted the efforts of Columbus Regional and The Medical Center in making quality pediatric care available to all children in the community.
“We are delighted to play a role in supporting The Medical Center in its efforts toward providing quality care to the underserved in our communities,” Dr. Sotunde said.
“We accept this grant from Amerigroup Foundation with gratitude and sincere appreciation,” said Mike Hill, CEO of Evergreen Medical Group, a physician-hospital organization jointly owned by Columbus Regional Healthcare System and community physician partners. “Amerigroup has a strong commitment to providing support to the Medicaid population. They requested the grant funding be used to further pediatric medical care in Columbus, and we are delighted to put the funds to good use for the children of our community.”
Columbus Regional is the region’s leading provider of women and children’s services, including hospital and outpatient care for children, Mr. Hill added. From July 2010-June 2011, The Medical Center recorded 1,562 pediatric inpatients, well over 30,000 outpatient pediatric visits, 169 admissions to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and 11,800 pediatric visits to The Medical Center’s Emergency and Trauma Center.
About the Amerigroup Foundation
The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup Corporation (NYSE:AGP), a multi-state managed health care company based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering access to health care, encouraging safe and healthy children and families, and promoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods. For more information about the Amerigroup Foundation, please visit www.amerigroup.corp.com/foundation.
About Columbus Regional Healthcare System
Columbus Regional Healthcare System is a not-for-profit organization providing health, medical and educational services to west Georgia and east Alabama. Columbus Regional has three acute care hospitals – The Medical Center, Doctors Hospital and Hughston Hospital in Columbus. The system also includes the John B. Amos Cancer Center and other facilities offering specialized care across the life span. Columbus Regional has the region’s only advanced maternity services and neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated pediatric center and pediatric intensive care unit, a dedicated trauma center and emergency services for children and adults. In addition, a comprehensive women and children’s center is in development to serve a diverse and growing population. For more information, visit www.yourhealthourmission.com.