St. Joseph's/Candler plans $19M expansion, renovation

Savannah, Ga.-based St. Joseph's/Candler officials have unveiled a $19 million expansion and renovation as part of the second phase of a systemwide expansion aimed at meeting the needs of patients in the region, according to Business Savannah.

The St. Joseph's/Candler system is comprised of St. Joseph's Hospital and Candler Hospital, both located in Savannah. The renovation is scheduled to begin Feb. 11 and is projected to take about 18 months to complete.

Following the finalization of the major expansion, St. Joseph's and Candler will implement additional projects, each assisted by a $5.1 million community fundraiser called "Advancing Excellence; Touching Lives."

"This will get the system set for the next 20 years of healthcare," said Paul P. Hinchey, president and CEO of St. Joseph's/Candler. "We are really growing. … We are completely redesigning [St. Joseph's] for the new consumer."

The expansion will include a comprehensive upgrade to St. Joseph's Hospital's emergency department, outpatient surgery and imaging areas. The hospital will see a 30,000-square-foot expansion of the existing campus, the addition of 17,000 square feet in new facilities and 13,000 square feet in renovated space, according to the report.

Plans also call for the health system to expand its Candler Hospital midtown campus.

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