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05/12/03

Georgia Infirmary Restoration

St. Joseph's/Candler and the Georgia Infirmary are expanding their partnership of commitment to the chronically ill and underserved in our community. Seven gold shovels dug into the dirt to make way for a new building that will sit on a lot between Abercorn and Liberty Streets. It's just next to the original Georgia Infirmary built back in the 1870s. The new building will house an expanded adult daycare program and is phase one of the project. Phase two will be a complete restoration of the original building.

"So we're really excited about that," said Paul P. Hinchey, CEO of St. Joseph's/Candler, "because we've been going through artists' renditions and putting the porches back on, we're redoing the plumbing, we're redoing the mechanical and electrical, putting in adequate meeting spaces, so that this neighborhood has a place to meet here in the neighborhood."

The Georgia Infirmary opened in Savannah in 1831, operating the nation's first hospital for African-Americans.

Reported by: Jody Chapin, jchapin@wtoc.com

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