Micro hospital 'topped off' in Pooler

POOLER, GA (WTOC) - St. Joseph's/Candler topped off their new micro hospital in Pooler on Monday. The new micro hospital will offer care for patients in their neighborhood instead of traveling to a larger hospital.

The top beam was installed during a ceremony at the building site. Of course, the building is not complete yet, but the topping off ceremony is a traditional way of toasting the last or highest beam placed during building construction. The new micro hospital will bring advanced medical and surgical services to Pooler including urgent care, primary care, and physical therapy.

"This hospital is geared to what, 70 percent of the people need most of the time which is out-patient care," said hospital President and CEO, Paul Hinchey. "So, it will be heavily oriented towards out-patient surgery, and the second phase it'll have over-night beds so you can stay 48 hours."

This is only the first stage of the project, but there will be stages that follow that will bring even more medical advancements to the area.

After each stage is complete, the new campus will be 170,00 square feet and will employ around 100 people.

"It's just going to bring great healthcare for our community but also the surrounding area," said Pooler Mayor Mike Lamb. "It's been a long time coming and they brought it up and they stepped up to the plate and this is the beginning of things, I think even more things, coming out here to our city."

The first phase of the project is set to be complete in February of 2019.

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