UPDATE, August 18, 2023 – The Chief of Public Affairs at the VA Augusta Health Care System released the following update:

Please be advised that Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center’s downtown site at 950 15th Street in Augusta has returned to full operational status, including its Emergency Department and Operating Room. We continue to closely monitor our systems and work with outside power agencies to assess how to best prevent future incidents. We appreciate everyone’s patience and applaud the work of the VA Augusta staff in responding to yesterday’s power outage.

Will Martin, Chief of Public Affairs, VA Augusta Health Care System

UPDATE, 4:25 P.M. – The Chief of Public Affairs at the VA Augusta Health Care System released two statements:

“VA Augusta Health Care System has restored power to the vast majority of its services and units at its downtown location at 950 15th Street. Our engineering team continues to work with Georgia Power to prevent another loss of power at the site. Generator power ensured that our health care staff were able to deliver care to our inpatient population throughout the recent power outage. Our personnel have also been working with Veterans to reschedule any appointments or other issues that arose during the outage. We will continue to provide updates across our social media, email and website platforms. Thanks to everyone for their patience and to the VA Augusta staff for their swift and ongoing response.”

“Full restoration is expected this evening. Operation capacity is limited until then, but that shouldn’t be an issue so long as full power is restored in the evening.”

AUGUSTA (WJBF) – After several concerned calls from viewers, NewsChannel 6 has confirmed a power outage at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center and other buildings in the area.

At this time the emergency services and operating room have suspended services.

The Chief of Public Affairs for the VA Augusta Health Care System issued the following statement:

Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center and some surrounding facilities are experiencing intermittent power outages at its downtown Augusta location at 950 15th Street. Because the outage originated outside our facility, we are working closely with local power agencies to return full power to Medical Center. Be assured that generator power is enabling inpatient care at the our downtown Medical Center. Our operating room and emergency department have suspended services until power is returned to the area. In addition, our downtown phone lines are not operational, at present. However, the VA Augusta mainline – 706-733-0188 – is working. Our uptown campus at 1 Freedom Way, Augusta, GA 30904, has not been affected by the outage and continues to offer full services to Veteran patients. We will provide updates via social media and our website as the situation progresses. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Will Martin, Chief of Public Affairs, VA Augusta Health Care System

Veterans, please be advised that all Benefit Travel and other fiscal offices have been consolidated at our Uptown campus on 1 Freedom Way off Wrightsboro Road.

If you call the mainline at 706-733-0188, you can contact the Benefit Travel offices at x27532 or x27434 and the Cashier’s Office at x26431.