2000 – The state’s first free-standing inpatient hospice facility opens at Auburn Medical Park in October and is named Bethany House. A capital campaign by the Foundation helps raise more than $850,000 for the 10-bed facility. HealthPlus Fitness Center opens shortly thereafter on the same campus. EAMC is once more listed among the “Top 100 Heart Hospitals in the U.S.” Also, the hospital is named to Fortune magazine’s list of the “100 Best Places to Work in America” for 2001. The hospital was ranked #36 that year.
2001 – EAMC is listed again among the “Top 100 Heart Hospitals in the U.S.”, one of only 19 hospitals nationwide to make the list all 3 years. More honors are bestowed upon the hospital as EAMC earns an Alabama Quality Award and is recognized by Press, Ganey for its consistently high scores in patient satisfaction.
2002 – EAMC celebrates its 50th anniversary. As part of the celebration, officials bury a time capsule near the flagpole with various items in it including a newspaper from 1952 touting the hospital’s opening. Also this year, EAMC purchases Atria I and II retirement communities and names them Magnolia Place and Azalea Place. A few employees participate in the hospital’s first international mission trip to Guaimaca, Honduras. EAMC is once again named to Fortune magazine’s list of the “100 Best Places to Work in America,” coming in at #18. The hospital is then informed by Fortune that EAMC will no longer be eligible to apply, since the rules were changed to exclude public-sector agencies.
2003 – EAMC announces plans for its Phase IV expansion project. Plus, the hospital adds several new services: AIDS Outreach, HomeMed, Forensic Toxicology Lab and Oak Park Retirement Living and Nursing Home (previously Wesley Terrace).
2005 – The Wound Treatment Center opens. With the completion of a 4-story parking deck, construction on Phase IV begins. The $60 million project will take more than 2 years to complete.
2006 – The EAMC Prenatal Clinic opens. Also, EAMC sends its first group of employees to New Orleans to assist with the recovery effort following Hurricane Katrina. Five teams of employees work on the Gulf Coast between 2006 and 2008. The West Pavilion—the first part of the Phase IV project—opens in October. It consists of CVICU, Cardiac Rehab, ICU and 10 operating rooms. A month later, the 5th floor of the expansion project opens.
2009 - Home Care of East Alabama Medical Center is purchased by the LHC Group, but the name remains the same as EAMC is a minority owner at 25%. AIDS Outreach of EAMC changes it name to Unity Wellness Center and opens a clinic to provide medical care one day per week. The Forensic Toxicology Lab changes its name to Aperian Lab Solutions. EAMC is one of 34 health care providers nationwide to receive a grant from Cardinal Health Foundation for a program to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections. EAMC opens a primary care physicians’ office in Auburn called Primary Medicine Associates.
2010 - EAMC introduces a new logo that is more user-friendly from a marketing perspective because it is horizontal. The Gridman logo—which was designed in 1982—would still be used internally. RehabWorks-Opelika moves into its new location. EAMC earns Best in Class Employer award from HR Solutions. The daVinci robotic surgical system is installed at EAMC, one of only 18 in the state at the time. All EAMC buildings and campuses become tobacco-free on October 1st. EAMC becomes the 1st hospital in Alabama to achieve TJC Diabetes disease-specific care certification. Hospice and Bethany House are sold to Hospice Advantage, but EAMC remains a minority owner (25%) so the local hospice becomes known as Hospice Advantage EAMC.
2011 - HealthPlus Fitness becomes the 1st facility in Alabama to receive Medical Fitness Association certification. EAMC earns its first monetary award ($1.2 million) from ARRA for “meaningful use” of electronic medical records. EAMC becomes 1 of only 5 hospitals in Alabama to be named by WomenCertified as a “Top Hospital for Patient Experiences.” Development Dimensions International (DDI) presents EAMC with a Grow Your Own Leaders Award, one of only 19 organizations globally to receive such recognition.
2012 - The EAMC Foundation hosts its first-ever Celebrate Life event. EAMC celebrates its 60th anniversary. The Psychiatry department undergoes an expansion and renovation. RehabWorks-Auburn relocates to Auburn Research Park.