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Phoebe buys old Byne Baptist Church and school

September 1, 2005

Albany- Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital will expand its campus with the acquisition of the old Byne Church property.

Thursday, Phoebe entered into a contract to buy the old Byne Memorial Baptist Church and school for 1.25 million dollars. The property will be used for a Data Center to house all of the hospital systems electronic medical records. The hospital will also work with the SOWEGA Council on Aging to start a Senior Center on the property.

"Phoebe as a large organization needs to have a center that's dedicated to just our information systems activities and those are going to be growing by five to ten million dollars a year," said Joel Wernick, Phoebe Putney C.E.O.

"We're getting more requests for services everyday, so I see this as something that's just perfect timing to get a place that can serve more people," said Kay Hind, Council on Aging.

The Council on Aging has been looking for a new center location for a year. Phoebe officials aren't sure yet if they'll rent, sell, or donate space to the council on aging.

Phoebe says the building could also be used to shelter Katrina victims if needed.

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