Saint Joseph’s East Georgia unveiled this week the first renderings of its new proposed state-of-the-art replacement hospital contemplated for completion by early 2012.

“We are excited about the opportunity to show the community what the new hospital might look like,” said Mike Huff, president of Saint Joseph’s East Georgia. “The new facility would offer the latest diagnostic, surgical and outpatient services in a variety of specialty areas.”

Saint Joseph’s East Georgia recently celebrated its first year of operation. Since acquiring the hospital in 2008, Saint Joseph’s has invested approximately $1.3 million at the existing facility to enhance medical equipment and services and make renovations to the building. Saint Joseph’s purchased new operating room equipment, and remodeled its patient rooms, lobby, patient registration and emergency room areas. The hospital offers 24/7 emergency room services, has provided advanced training to staff and added critical-care trained registered nurses.

Since Saint Joseph’s purchased the hospital, over 20 physicians have joined the medical staff, and surgical and endoscopic procedures have tripled.

“We have been extremely busy in this first year improving the quality of care that we deliver to the community,” Huff said. “From the growth in the medical staff to the improvements in services and technology, we have made great strides. The proposed new hospital offers us the opportunity to take our services to even higher levels and offer them in a new building.”

In addition to the hospital, Saint Joseph’s presence in the area includes The Medical Group of Saint Joseph’s, Saint Joseph’s Imaging Center, the Specialty Center at Cowles Clinic and Saint Joseph’s Sleep Center. A community philanthropy campaign is under way to raise $10 million to provide equipment and furnishings so the new hospital will be able to open. Fundraising for indigent care and clinical research endowments is now planned to occur once the hospital is in operation. Campaign volunteers are working in partnership with Saint Joseph’s East Georgia, a non-profit hospital, to bring this much needed facility to current residents, and to support the projected long-term growth and economic viability of the Lake Oconee area. Significant progress toward the goal has been achieved, but the participation of the entire community is still essential for this dream to become a reality. Join this worthy cause and commit today. All donations are tax-deductible and pledges may be made over five years.

To make a pledge, or if you have any questions, please call Saint Joseph’s Mercy Foundation at (706) 999-9920.The replacement hospital project is subject to final completion of a feasibility study, corporate approval of the final plans and costs, and completion of the ongoing fundraising campaign.

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