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Phoebe consolidates surgical services

Jessica Castle, VP of Marketing Jessica Castle, VP of Marketing
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

If you need in-patient surgery in Albany it will be done at the Phoebe Putney Hospital main campus. Operating rooms at Phoebe North are shutting down.

Surgical Services at Phoebe North are moving to the hospital's Main Campus. Officials say they're not sure yet if any employees will lose their jobs.

Phoebe leaders say outpatient care is growing reducing the need for inpatient surgical services.

They say this transition will avoid duplication of services at campuses located less than five minutes apart and will provide efficient, effective and high quality care for patients.

Officials say they're now focused on finding ways for impacted employees to keep their jobs.

"HR is going to work with those individuals we do have open positions within the healthcare system and they are going to work closely with them and the will be given priority candidate status for any positions that are open within the system,” said Jessica Castle, VP of Marketing for Phoebe Putney Health System.

Castle says she does not know how many workers will be affected. Over the next few weeks Phoebe will shift surgical cases, equipment, and supplies from the nine operating rooms on the North campus to the main campus's 19 operating rooms.

Castle says Phoebe has a team evaluating what to do with the operating rooms at Phoebe North as they continue to work to find the best uses for the facility.

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