Phoebe Putney: Social media post could be putting South Georgians in danger

Phoebe Putney: Social media post could be putting South Georgians in danger

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Hospital officials in Albany said a false social media post could put lives at risk this weekend.

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital officials said the post being shared on Facebook falsely claims staff will be limited in Albany emergency rooms this weekend.

A screen capture of the Facebook post about Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reduced staff. (Source: Facebook)
A screen capture of the Facebook post about Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reduced staff. (Source: Facebook)

Phoebe said the post is written as if it’s a legitimate news source and encourages people not to go to Phoebe if they need emergency care this weekend.

Phoebe’s President and CEO Scott Steiner said the post is not true.


“It is clear from the comments on these posts, that many Facebook users believe this message is factual. This post is not true, and it is irresponsible of these sites to make up and post information that might lead an innocent person to bypass the closest emergency room and drive 45 minutes away to receive necessary care. False and misleading posts about Phoebe are common on these sites. Typically, we simply ignore those posts and focus our energy and attention on providing quality care to patients, but this post is different. It literally could put lives at risk, and the right thing for us to do is to let the people of Southwest Georgia know they should not believe it,"


Scott Steiner, Phoebe president and CEO.


Phoebe officials said anyone in an emergency should call 911 or go immediately to the closest emergency center.

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