Phoebe's ripple effect on local businesses

Phoebe's ripple effect on local businesses
Anonymous Breadhouse staff & Graceway resident (Source: WALB)
Anonymous Breadhouse staff & Graceway resident (Source: WALB)
Breadhouse Executive Chef Terrence Boyd (Source: WALB)
Breadhouse Executive Chef Terrence Boyd (Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital has an economic impact in the billions for Albany and South Georgia.

The Breadhouse staff said the hospital is a big boost to their business.

"They love it, they love finding out about us, they love supporting us when they found out about our events," remarked a Breadhouse employee who wants to remain anonymous.

The employee knows firsthand the effect Phoebe employees is having on the bakery.

"We count on a lot of the restaurants that are around here and a lot of the businesses around our perimeter to support our employees, our volunteers," said Phoebe Putney CFO Brian Church.

Phoebe supports more than 8,000 full-time jobs throughout Southwest Georgia.

Many of them stop by the bakery, which is down the road, for lunch.

"They usually come by around 11:30 and 12:30, they love the chicken salad," explained Breadhouse Executive Chef Terrence Boyd.

And when they do, the anonymous employee can't wait to share the Breadhouse story with customers.

"That's why I'm so proud to be part of this, it's so unique, we're one of kind," said anonymous Breadhouse employee.

The Breadhouse is a for profit business that helps support Graceway, an alcoholism and substance abuse recovery residence for women.

"It's giving me so much confidence and I've gotten to know myself, know what I can do, and what I'm capable of," remarked anonymous Breadhouse employee.

While on the road to recovery, the bakery is her stability.

"Total 180 so it's really changed my whole life," said anonymous Breadhouse employee.

And she said it's all thanks to Phoebe employees who stop by for a warm slice of bread.

Phoebe Putney Hospital created an economic impact of $1 billion in Albany back in 2015.

The hospital supports about 6,800 full-time jobs in Dougherty County.

And provides $45 million in community benefits.

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