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Prayer service marks start of St. Joseph's expansion

(Source: St. Joseph's) (Source: St. Joseph's)
(Source: St. Joseph's) (Source: St. Joseph's)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

St. Joseph's Hospital on Savannah's Southside is beginning an 18-month transformation project.

A prayer service marked the start of the $19 million project Friday. It will include a 17,000 square foot expansion and the renovation of another 13,000 square feet.

Hospital officials say the work will make the 46-year-old building a modern and more efficient.

"This is a faith based place. We've been here a long time and we hope to continue that, so the practice of prayer and involving God in our decisions and endeavors is part of who we are,” said Sister Margaret Beatty, vice president of missions.

"The biggest change obviously is the entire south side of the building that faces Abercorn will be closed. We will re-route people. I just ask the community to watch for signage,” said St. Joseph’s/Candler Director of Engineering Gregory Menke.

Construction officially begins next week. Bigger treatment rooms will be added, waiting areas and entrances will be renovated and more parking spaces will be added.

The expected completion of the project is mid-summer of 2017. 

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