By Karen Cohilas - bio | email
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Phoebe Putney and Sumter Regional Hospitals are now in the final stages of putting together a lease agreement to put Phoebe in charge of the Americus hospital.
The first part of restoring permanent health care to Americus will come with the construction of doctor's offices.
CEO Joel Wernick says Americus has an inadequate supply of doctor's offices. Those will be constructed by this time next year. The hospital will follow.
"The biggest thing that we need to do is get on with the replacement facility. If you talk to the average person in Americus, they're all saying 'we're excited, but when's it going to happen?'" said Wernick.
The hospital is expected to be complete in early 2011. Hospital administrators are still determining where that facility will be built.