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Feb. 23 - St. Joseph’s/Candler breaks ground on new ‘Micro Hospital’ in Pooler to better serve the Region

Category: Health & Hospitals

By Lou Phelps, Savannah Business Journal

February 23, 2017 - St. Joseph’s/Candler held a groundbreaking today to formalize its plans to build a micro-hospital in Pooler that will offer a broad range of medical services for the growing population in West Chatham and nearby counties.

The new campus will also be a destination center for patients travelling in from the region, where they will find a technologically advanced, concierge-level of service across many specialties, according to Paul P. Hinchey, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler.

“St. Joseph’s/Candler is a true regional health system and it is important that we place our resources where our patients are,” said Hinchey. “We recognize that they are busy and we don’t want to let a lack of access stop them from taking care of their healthcare needs.”

“This location is a perfect spot not only for the people of Pooler, but those in Statesboro, Richmond Hill, Hardeeville and further out who need to come to get crucial medical services but don’t want to drive into Savannah.”

When complete, the 170,000 sq ft.  micro hospital will contribute to Pooler’s economic development by employing approximately 100 co-workers.

St. Joseph’s/Candler has been in the Pooler market since 1992, and has expanded services over the years to correspond with the growth of the area. In addition to a thriving primary care practice, St. Joseph’s/Candler has built offices for specialty physicians and an advanced imaging center. But now is the time for more and to take St. Joseph’s/Candler’s advanced services to the community, Hinchey explained.

The new 18-acre campus will be located on Pooler Parkway near the intersection with Interstate 16. The project will be multi-phased and built out over a ten-year-period to create a multi-story, technologically advanced medical facility.

When completed, the hospital will house offices for specialty and primary care offices in close proximity to key clinical services, with a total estimated cost of $62 million.

The Phases of Development

Phase I of the St. Joseph’s/Candler Pooler Campus will be approx. 61,000 sq. ft, and cost $21 million. It will open in early 2019 and house distinct medical offices and clinical services.

The medical office building will contain:Primary Care Services,  Urgent Care Services and Specialist offices.  The clinical services portion will contain: Outpatient Surgery Services,  Endoscopy Services, Advanced Imaging Services, Outpatient Physical Therapy Services, Pharmacy Services, Laboratory Services, Wellness Servicesand Community Education Services

Phase II will include:  Expanded primary care offices, Expanded specialty offices, Wound Care, Cardiac rehab, Occupational medicine, Diagnostic cardiology and Short stay observation beds.

The St. Joseph’s/Candler Pooler Campus fills a significant community gap in the rapidly developing Pooler area, according to the hospital system leadership, with many of the housing subdivisions completely built out, and others are filling up.

The patient targets are the populations of Pooler and west Chatham County, Effingham County, Bulloch County, Bryan County, Liberty County as well as Jasper County and Bluffton in South Carolina, they add.

St. Joseph’s/Candler has been building a significant regional footprint – now with 87 provider locations in 33 counties in southeastern Georgia and South Carolina. “The Pooler campus is a key strategy to better serve the patients who rely on our regional offices,” added Hinchey.

What is a micro-hospital?

In the past few years, the health care industry has shifted dramatically from traditional in-patient services that involve longer hospital stays to more out-patient services, such as day surgery, imaging or non-invasive procedures that involve little or no time spent in the hospital for recovery.

These micro-hospitals address that shift and treat lower-acuity patients in locations near where patients live.

The outpatient services that patients need are perfect for the setting that St. Joseph’s/Candler is creating for the Pooler campus. The services will the convenient for patients who are visiting primary care and specialty doctors on the campus and don’t have to drive into Savannah to have important procedures, labs or imaging done,” according to a press release today, in advance of the groundbreaking.

 “These facilities are the future of healthcare,” Hinchey said. “We have designed the Pooler campus so we can easily adapt to any changes in the healthcare industry that come in the next 25 years.”


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