In 1925, Standard Oil heir and Chinquapin Plantation owner John F. “Jack” Archbold gave more than $1 million to build and equip a state-of-the-art hospital as a tribute to his late father and as a gift to his adopted community. When John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital opened its doors over eight decades ago, it was touted as the most modern and best-equipped hospital in the world.
The 100-bed regional hospital that became the 540-bed Archbold Medical Center of today was a marvel of its time. Today, Archbold Memorial Hospital anchors a regional not-for-profit healthcare delivery system that includes four hospitals, three nursing homes, two home health agencies, a behavioral and substance abuse care facility and a network of primary and specialty care clinics that provide high-quality healthcare readily available across the region. Key service lines include a comprehensive, regional cancer program; advanced heart and vascular services; and a broad range of surgical specialties, including orthopedics, neurosurgery, general surgery, bariatric surgery and many others.
Archbold is well-known for early adoption of technology, such as the Leskell Gamma Knife at the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center. This incredible procedure allows a neurosurgeon to perform non-invasive surgery on brain tumors, lesions and vascular malformations of the brain without a scalpel and without the usual risks of traditional brain surgery. Archbold’s Gamma Knife was the 68th in the country—only the third in Georgia—and remains the only one of its kind south of Atlanta and Augusta and in Florida’s Big Bend region. The Singletary Oncology Center is also home to Trilogy, Archbold’s newest linear accelerator that treats tumors of the body with similar precision to that of Gamma Knife.
Archbold offers the latest advances in diagnostics including PET scanning and advanced CT and MRI scanning. Fully accredited by the Joint Commission, Archbold also serves as the state’s designated trauma center for the entire South Georgia region.
The hospital has received many notable accolades. Georgia Trend recently ranked Archbold as a Top Georgia Hospital for gastrointestinal medical treatment and coronary intervention, a life-saving procedure performed in one of the hospital’s cardiac catheterization labs to abort an acute heart attack. In 2011, Archbold physicians were recognized as the first in the state and second worldwide to revolutionize surgical treatment for lung cancer using mesh brachytherapy and the daVinci Robot.
Archbold erected a new North Tower in 2012, adding more than 247,000 square feet of patient care space at its main campus in Thomasville. The Tower serves as a modern replacement for key patient services and includes a newly constructed emergency department, surgery department, critical care areas and 114 private patient rooms.
Thomas County boasts more than 200 physicians in nearly 40 separate medical specialties, assuring its citizens experience care in close proximity. Healthcare is a major economic engine in virtually any community, but Thomas County’s healthcare delivery system packs a major financial punch. Not only does the Archbold system provide 2,500 jobs in the area, but also recent studies indicate a regional economic impact of more than $646 million is generated by the healthcare system annually.
Areas of Medical Specialty Allergy and Immunology
General, Bariatric, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical and Radiation Oncology
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South GA Spine and Joint Center
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