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Phoebe Sumter Medical Center stands as sign of "can do" spirit

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AMERICUS, Ga. -

Americus is a town on the other side of a tragedy. Much of it was damaged by a tornado on March 1, 2007. Where the town's hospital once stood could be called Ground Zero.

Marcus Johnson, Sumter Regional Hospital's Marketing and Public Relations Director, went home early that day. With no electricity, he would not see just how devastating this storm was until daylight.

"And when I finally got to the hospital or what was left of it, it was kind of surreal, in shock. It was kind of like a scene from a war zone. You had helicopters, you had SWAT teams, it was not what you would expect in Americus, Georgia. To see it in ruins and it just kind of affected a lot of people, a lot of different ways," said Johnson.

On December 16, 2011, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center opened its doors. The 183,000 square foot facility offers a wide range of services from surgery, to labor and delivery, suites that could accommodate a large family, x-rays and other imaging. It's environmentally friendly. There's a roof top garden instead of a black tar roof that would attract heat. 

The hospital was built on a campus. Just a short walk from the main hospital, patients can have their doctor's visits. The Women's and Family Health Center houses OB/GYN, as well as Family Medicine. Housed in the Oncology and Surgery Center building you will find General Surgery, Urology, Neurology, Cardiology and Hematology and Oncology services. These services are just a short walk from the main building.

The hospital is losing its CEO. Keith Petersen is retiring after 47 years in healthcare.

 

Teresa Whitaker

In addition to co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts weeknights, Teresa serves as the Healthwatch reporter for WRBL. More>>

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