Savannah is Home to Comprehensive Health-Care System

Savannah offers a healthy roster of care providers

On Friday, April 29, 2011 - 07:26
Savannah GA


Savannah is canvassed by a comprehensive health-care system that includes state-of-the-art research hospitals, award-winning care options and dedicated community involvement.

The St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, which comprises two hospitals in Savannah totaling 635 beds, draws on a long tradition of excellence.

Candler Hospital, which opened as Georgia’s first hospital in 1804, is the second-longest continuously operating hospital in the nation. St. Joseph’s was established when the Sisters of Mercy created St. Joseph’s Infirmary in 1875 to care for ill sailors. The two hospitals began operating jointly in 1997.

“Our faith-based philosophy and exceptional doctors have kept people coming to St. Joseph’s/Candler for more than 200 years,” says Paul P. Hinchey, president and CEO of SJ/C. “But we have also aggressively invested in the newest technology so residents don’t have to travel to other cities to get medical care.”

The system’s Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion is one of 10 organizations nationwide selected to participate in the National Community Cancer Centers Program pilot project of the National Cancer Institute.

A women’s hospital, a heart hospital and an institute for advanced bone and joint surgery are a few of the system’s other signature services. St. Joseph’s/Candler also features a newly renovated neuro-ICU – a program for remotely diagnosing and treating stroke patients – a da Vinci Surgical System and a groundbreaking treatment for chronic acid reflux disease.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state health-care organization that serves a 35-county area in Coastal Georgia and southern South Carolina.

The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center, as well as a primary and specialty physician networks, a major medical education program, and business and industry services.

Memorial houses the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute, noted for its children’s and women’s services, education programs and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.