St. Mary's Medical Education

About St. Mary’s Health Care System

St. Mary’s Hospital opened its doors in 1906 to care for the people of Northeast Georgia and has been in continuous operation since 1938. The hospital was first accredited by the Joint Commission in 1954 with its most recent accreditation in 2012. St. Mary’s is a member of Trinity Health and is licensed for 196 beds. It offers a comprehensive range of services to the surrounding community and is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding quality of care.

St. Mary’s Hospital has been a site for health professions education for many years, but just recently began teaching medical students. Medical students from the GRU-UGA Medical Partnership have rotated at St. Mary’s hospital since August 2011. The students have been well received by the physicians, patients, nursing, and other ancillary services. With the addition of the Internal Medicine residency Program, the positive relationship between St. Mary’s Hospital and the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership will continue to grow and provide a wide range of educational experiences for future physicians.

St. Mary’s Hospital has 10,000 annual discharges and a robust Hospitalist Program with 10 board certified physicians.  St. Mary’s has patients with a wide variety of illnesses and acuity that are admitted to the Internal Medicine services.

Off-site, St. Mary’s Health Care System operates a comprehensive Home Health care program, a 34 bed Alzheimer’s and Dementia care facility as well as a 12 bed Hospice House. St. Mary's Health Care System is dedicated to preparing the Internal Medicine residents, medical students, and clinical programs for the future practice of medicine.

St. Mary’s Health Care System Leadership

Don McKenna, FACHE, President and CEO
Bruce Middendorf, MD, Chief Medical Officer

St. Mary’s Board of Directors

St. Mary’s Health Care System is governed by a Board of Directors committed to the values of the system and to ensuring that St. Mary’s continues its mission of being a compassionate, healing presence in our community.

Board of Directors Officers

  • Don McKenna, President
  • Jean Chin, M.D., Board Chair
  • Father Robert Salamone, Board Vice Chair
  • Jody Haas, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Board Chair

Chief of Staff

Hugh Jenkins, MD

Senior Leadership

Don McKenna, FACHE, President and CEO
Bruce Middendorf, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Marty Hutson, Chief Financial Officer
Karen Schuller, VP of General Council
Nina Evans, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
Montez Carter, Chief Operations Officer of St. Mary’s in Athens, Ga. , and Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan in Greensboro, Ga.
Jeff English, VP of Human Resources and Support Services, President of St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital
Kerry Vaughn, Director Information Systems and Chief Information Officer
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