Augusta Health Reflects on 20 Year Anniversary

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FISHERSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- It's not just a hospital, it's a community. That's how one worker describes one hospital which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Before Augusta Health, there were two smaller separate hospitals. Waynesboro Community Hospital and Kings Daughter's Hospital in Staunton.

"It was just so much bigger than the facility we were in at the time, and I was at King's Daughter's Hospital. Just the space, the new technology, it was just beautiful," said Marvella Rae, the chief nursing officer at Augusta Health.

She remembers transferring to Augusta Health like it was yesterday. She helped move patients one by one into the new facility.

David Caulkins, now the director of the would healing clinic, came from the Waynesboro Community Hospital, where he worked as a general surgeon alongside his father.

Dianne Moody, who is now the administrative director for nursing, still has the pin that was given to her on the first day.

"It was exciting, it was scary, but in the blink of an eye, we've been here 20 years," said Moody

In those 20 years, Augusta Health has continued to grow and has been recognized as one of the best hospitals in the nation.

"We have people coming through who tell us that they don't see this in other communities. I think it's a tribute to the quality of care we're giving," said Caulkins.

"We are not a building, we are the people that serve our community," said Moody.

Augusta Health plans to serve the community for many more years to come. It's celebrating it's anniversary all month long with drawings, a 5k run and many other free events.


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