Upson Regional Medical Center was chosen at the 2021 recipient of the local Service to Mankind Award, sponsored by Thomaston SERTOMA Club.

The URMC facility originally opened in 1951 and, for 70 years, has been a place of “healing and comfort,” according to SERTOMA member Phil Hancock.

“All of us have benefitted from [URMC], or know someone who has,” commented Hancock. “We have watched the original facility expand to the large complex that continues to attract physicians and other medical professionals.”

According to URMC CEO Jeff Tarrant, URMC received its first COVID-19 patient 20 months ago and has since hospitalized 934 COVID-19 inpatients, tested 46,000 people for COVID-19, 7,200 of which were positive tests, and has administered 24,057 vaccinations.

“It’s our commitment to resolve the COVID-19 pandemic in our part of the world,” commented Tarrant, who says URMC is honored to receive the award.

“About one out of every 190 Upson County residents has passed away from COVID-19…” he continued. “We remain committed to providing care when care is needed… We are blessed to be in this community, and we will continue our mission of caring for all of those in the area we serve.”

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