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Columbus Regional Healthcare System and The Hughston Clinic announce strategic alliance

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Officialsfrom Columbus Regional Healthcare System and The Hughston Clinic announcedtoday, September 11, 2013, that both organizations have formed an alliance todevelop and operate top-performing orthopedic programs.

Charles A.(Chuck) Stark, president and CEO of Columbus Regional Healthcare said, "This strategicalliance takes the clinical excellence and superior patient satisfactionresults achieved by our Hughston Hospital in working with The Hughston Clinicphysicians there, and will bring that same level of physician involvement,leadership and commitment to excellence to both Doctors Hospital and TheMedical Center. We are honored to be partnering with the physicians of TheHughston Clinic to provide access to their services at our three hospitals."

Mark Baker,CEO of the Hughston Clinic P.C., says this is an exciting time. "We areexpanding, and I couldn't be more enthusiastic about what we have in the works.We have an outstanding team of well-known physicians, and I have totalconfidence in partnering with Columbus Regional Healthcare System. We are alllooking forward to embracing our new partnership to better serve ourcommunity."   

As part ofthe strategic alliance, The Hughston Clinic will be recruiting orthopedictrauma surgeons to complement the work of Dr. John J. McGuigan Jr. and theother dedicated orthopedic surgeons that provide orthopedic trauma coverage atThe Medical Center. The expected full complement of three full-time orthopedictrauma surgeons will provide 24/7 coverage for The Medical Center's Emergencyand Trauma Center. The HughstonClinic will be opening an office near The Medical Center for its traumasurgeons.

The Hughston Clinic and its subsidiary, The Hughston Medical Management Group,will lead new program development and existing program enhancements at allthree Columbus Regional Healthcare System hospitals. These developments will beaimed at building upon the system's current orthopedic program offerings.

This newstrategic alliance will bring improved access throughout the region forpatients needing urgent, emergent orthopedic care and trauma surgery through transportto The Medical Center. At the same time, it will give patients additionalaccess points through Columbus Regional's three hospital locations to receiveservices from the nationally recognized physicians of The Hughston Clinic.

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