Cen­tral Ge­or­gia Health Sys­tem be­comes Nav­i­cent Health

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Bob Her­man

Cen­tral Ge­or­gia Health Sys­tem has re­branded it­self as Nav­i­cent Health, a name con­ceived to help the sys­tem bet­ter con­nect with pa­tients.

The name change is a mix­ture of the words “nav­i­gate” and “cen­ter,” which the Macon-based sys­tem said stems from its “com­mit­ment to as­sist­ing pa­tients as they nav­i­gate the path of care, while keep­ing the pa­tient at the cen­ter of ev­ery decision.”

Each of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fa­cil­i­ties car­ries a new name. The flag­ship—the Med­i­cal Cen­ter of Cen­tral Ge­or­gia—is now Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Nav­i­cent Health. It is the sec­ond-largest hos­pi­tal in the state with 659 staffed beds.

The name change comes almost two months after the sys­tem cre­ated new, loose al­liances with two area hos­pi­tals. Nav­i­cent signed let­ters of in­tent to af­fil­i­ate with Oconee Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Milledgeville, Ga., and Putnam Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal in Ea­ton­ton, Ga. The non-eq­uity part­ner­ships are also sim­i­lar to Stra­tus Health­care, a coali­tion of more than two dozen Ge­or­gia providers, in­clud­ing Nav­i­cent, which fo­cus on shar­ing re­sources with­out giv­ing up in­de­pen­dence.

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