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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital unveiled construction plans for a new 30 million dollar digestive disease center today that will create new jobs.

It will be built in the back parking area of Meredyth Place on Meredyth Drive.

The project will create about 400 construction-related jobs.

Phoebe is working to recruit gastroenterologists to the center to offset the shortage of those specialized physicians in our area.

Currently the digestive disease center is a small piece of the large medical center, but this project will allow for the consolidation and expansion of a medical service needed in order to meet the growing demand. "I'm excited that people who often have to have tests for digestive disease done for can have it done at a convenient outpatient setting away from the large medical center setting and that's going to be convenient

The expansion will not only help serve more patients, in more towns, but it will also create additional jobs. Nearly 400 construction jobs will be created and additional medical staff will be needed once the center opens.With a world class facility, designed by doctors for doctors, officials are hoping the center will be helpful in recruiting physicians to the area. "We currently have 7 Gastroneurologists and we are recruiting for at least two or three more," said Joel Wernick, CEO of Phoebe Putney.

The entire project is expected to be complete in 16-months. But there is always room for expansion.Phoebe has additional acres available in the area for future growth.

The ambiance of the center will be very pleasing and it will hopefully take away some of the stress associated with any kind of medical procedure.

When construction starts next week, you'll first notice large pipes going down. Existing drainage ditches will be covered and turned in a tree-lined boulevard.

The site is on Meredyth Drive between the former Ordinary Coyote building and Meredyth Place.

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