Satilla Health Services, Inc., parent company of Satilla Regional Medical Center, joins with the Jacksonville campus of Mayo Clinic effective March 1. Satilla will be renamed "Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross."
Satilla's integration with Mayo Clinic means health care consumers in Waycross will have access to all of the knowledge and expertise of Mayo Clinic available right in their own community.
Satilla and Mayo Clinic have identified several areas in which they share common goals and philosophies, such as preserving and enhancing health care services available to patients in the greater Waycross region. Both organizations are committed to patients receiving the great majority of their health care services in Waycross.
The boards of Mayo Clinic and Satilla, as well as the Georgia Attorney General, have approved the integration of the two organizations. At closing, Mayo Clinic will become the sole member, parent organization of Satilla.
Kenneth T. Calamia, M.D., currently a physician at Mayo Clinic, has been appointed chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross. Robert Trimm, president and chief executive officer of Satilla, has been appointed chief administrative officer of Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to work together with Mayo Clinic in an effort to bring the best health care possible to the people in our surrounding communities," Trimm says. "We're interested in expanding the availability of health care resources locally and ensuring the continuing presence of excellent, community health care for the future."
Satilla Regional Medical Center is a 231 licensed bed hospital that serves a nine-county region in southeast Georgia. Satilla employs more than 1,450 staff, who will remain in their current jobs following affiliation. Health care insurance plans currently accepted at Satilla will continue to be accepted at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross at the time of closing.
Dr. Calamia says: "We're very excited about having Satilla become part of the Mayo Clinic family and we believe in being involved in the community. We will work together to best meet the needs of patients in the region, including the ability to receive care in the Waycross community, close to home."