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Augusta University Health Augusta University Professional Office Building is home to the Digestive Health Center and Transplant Clinic.
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From our welcoming reception area and waiting room to our high-tech diagnostic and treatment rooms, we are dedicated to offering comprehensive, patient-centered care for our patients and their families. The Augusta University Digestive Health Center, located on the second floor, brings a variety of specialties and the latest technology under one roof so patients and families can benefit from a single, convenient location dedicated to their ongoing digestive health. The Augusta University Transplant Clinic, located on the third floor, accommodates clinical needs, consultations, lab services, an infusion room, a medication assistance program and an education library and is the only Georgia hospital and one of just 20 nationwide to be named a Kidney Transplant Center of Excellence by HealthGrades, a hospital ratings organization.

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AU Health's transplant team shares their stories

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Walk through the new center with us

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AU Medical Center selected for national pilot program to improve kidney transplants |

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Health • News Releases AU Medical Center selected for national pilot program to improve kidney transplants January 4, 2017by Kelly Jasper Augusta, Ga. (Jan. 5, 2017) – AU Medical Center is one of just 19 hospitals in the United States – and the only medical center in Georgia – to be selected for a p...

Augusta University Health's cover photo
10/05/2016

Augusta University Health's cover photo

Augusta University Health's cover photo
10/05/2016

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