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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

September 26, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A new medical facility in Valdosta will improve health care and create jobs.

South Georgia Medical Center cut the ribbon Friday on their new Surgery Center.

The $16-million state-of-the-art facility will be home to all outpatient and minor surgeries.

Last year, more than 7000 of those surgeries were performed in the old emergency center.

The new center will reduce ER wait times and surgery delays.

It will also create 40 jobs.

"We will have to have cover, on-call people and more staff to provide the services to run both facilities simultaneously," says James McGahee, CEO of SGMC.

The project is part of a multi-million dollar re-development of the hospital complex which also included a new ER and professional building.

There are also plans for a parking deck.

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