North Atlanta near Piedmont Hospital

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The Medical Center of Central Georgia

MCCG is a 634 bed tertiary care general hospital. It is the primary teaching hospital for Mercer University School of Medicine and is fully accredited by JCAHO. The hospital was established by the city of Macon and Bibb County in 1895 and is governed by an autonomous hospital authority board.  It is a full-service, acute care hospital that serves an estimated population of 750,000 residents and is now the second largest hospital in the state of Georgia.  The facility has a primary service area of thirty counties in central Georgia.  The patient population consists of 45% Medicare, 16% Medicaid and 39% insurance/private pay.

The Center for Ambulatory Services, a 90,000 sq. ft. free standing state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center opened February 28, 2005.  A nine-story heart tower opened in 2007.  The completely remodeled Emergency Center reopened November 20, 2003.  The Emergency Center was greatly enlarged to accommodate the needs of a Level I trauma center.  There are separate facilities for pediatric and adult emergency patients.  The surgical clinics and the Emergency Center are the principal sources for teaching cases for the residents.  Yearly data for these services is listed below

  • Surgical Clinic Visits – 4,007
  • Emergency Center Visits – 52,639

Other statistics include:

  • inpatient surgery: 10,915
  • outpatient surgery: 24,113
  • open heart surgery:¬†1,100

A state-of-the-art spiral CT scanner is among the radiologic services available.  Others include three CT scanners, including one directly attached to the trauma bay, an MRI scanner, a PET scanner and a therapeutic radiation unit. Comprehensive clinical laboratory services provide a superb supportive environment for the surgeon.

Critical Care Experience

Ample opportunity for surgical residents to manage patients who may or may not require surgical intervention (pancreatitis, bleeding varices, septic shock, etc.) is provided. Four members of the surgical full-time faculty Dr. Macram M. Ayoub, Dr. Dennis W. Ashley, Dr. Benjamin Christie, and Dr. Leon Sykes are board certified in critical care and serve on the hospital committee that governs the critical care units.  In concert with critical care specialists from the internal medicine and anesthesia faculties, daily rounds are conducted in the modern, well-equipped 87 bed intensive care units. Surgical residents care for patients admitted to these units as well as patients under the care of attending general and specialty surgeons. Additionally, three intensivists manage a six bed pediatric intensive care unit where patients are cared for by surgical residents under their direction. There is also a 35 bed neonatal intensive care unit.

Transplant Surgery Experience

Experience in transplant surgery is obtained through a one month rotation at the PGY-2 level at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia under Dr. John Whelchel.  The residents participate in 10-12 renal transplants and 2-3 liver transplants.

Rural Surgery Rotation

An important addition to the medical student and residency curricula started in rural surgery. PGY2 residents will have the option to participate in a one-month rotation with clinical faculty members William Pannell, M.D., Vincent Culpepper, M.D., and Michael Thompson, M.D., in Cordele, GA. Residents will work at Crisp Regional and Taylor Regional Hospitals.

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