ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Leaders at Phoebe Putney Hospital say a long-term plan including development at Phoebe North on Palmyra Road in Albany is in the works.
Hospital officials admit Phoebe North is not operating at full capacity.
"There are parts of this hospital that are empty," said Phoebe spokesperson Ben Roberts as he gave WALB News 10's Emileigh Forrester a tour Thursday.
Roberts said he wants the public to know Phoebe leadership is working to fix that.
"I understand that people in the community may be frustrated that they don't see the development at Phoebe North that maybe they would like to see," he said.
However, Phoebe North is not sitting empty.
"Patients are still being treated here," Roberts said. "We treat about 31,000 patients a year just in our emergency center here at Phoebe North."
Phoebe said the location treats a little more than 40 people as in-patient on a daily basis, and 360 employees are assigned to this hospital.
The hospital is licensed for an in-patient capacity of 248.
Roberts listed several reasons for why development has been slow, including the Federal Trade Commission challenging the initial purchase in 2010, and current uncertainty with healthcare.
Although patient numbers are much lower compared to Phoebe's Main Campus, Phoebe leaders are making plans to further develop the north campus.
"We're ready to make some long term plans to that people will really understand how this facility will be used in the years ahead," said Roberts.
Roberts said Phoebe is not ready to release the specifics of the plan just yet.
However, he did say Phoebe leaders should have a plan approved and announced by the end of this year.
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