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Former President Jimmy Carter breaks ground on new hospital

by Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A big crowd showed up to show their support for the new Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus Tuesday.  Special guests, Former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn shoveled the dirt as a dozen others joined them to breakground on the four-story 76-bed facility.

"The enormous turnout is an indication of how the people of Sumter County appreciate what has been done already and exciting years that are coming ahead, "say Carter.

The hospital will be built at the intersection of highways 280 and 19 on a 280 acre site through a partnership between the hospital board and Phoebe Putney Health System.

The mixed-use development will consist of a Medical Village and allow room for growth of the hospital and medical buildings as well as encourage new retail.  Board member, Brad Lafevers says he's excited about the announcement.  "We were devastated in 2007 this is the answer we've all been waiting for and to be able to offer the medical resources that are needed in this community," says Lafevers.

Lafevers and the board met before the groundbreaking and officially named the interim CEO Keith Petersen the new CEO of the hospital. "Serving as CEO, I've gotten to know the tremendous amount of competent giving hard working employees. I've gotten to know the medical staff that's strong and competent. I will be excited to return to see the construction," added  Petersen.

The Sumter Regional Hospital was destroyed in 2007 by a tornado. Construction is set to begin immediately.  The facility is expected to be up and running by Fall 2011.




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