VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - South Georgia Medical Center officials say even though times are tough for hospitals across the country right now...including SGMC...agreeing to purchase a new building is the right thing to do.
The hospital has agreed to spend $2 million to purchase, in December 2017, the building that currently houses the Southern Georgia Regional Library in Valdosta.
The hope is that it will help shift the hospital's main entrance to Woodrow Wilson Drive. The building will replace the hospital's current administrative building.
"[The current administrative building is] a very old building," said Erika Bennett, with SGMC's Community Relations Department. "The cost of maintaining that building is extremely high, so this is a cost effective way for us to relocate some of those services."
Bennett says the hospital had to enter into the agreement now in order for the library to begin the process of purchasing and moving into its new building.