Phoebe Purchases Vacant Former Grocery Store

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

One of Phoebe’s long-term strategies is to improve access to quality outpatient healthcare for southwest Georgians.  Our commitment to making our services available in multiple convenient locations is a hallmark of this goal.  Recently, Phoebe acquired the former grocery store at the corner of Westover Boulevard and Meredyth Drive.  Phoebe President & CEO Joel Wernick said, “This acquisition will bring new life to a long-empty building and will have a positive impact on our economy.  It will also allow us to expand in-demand services.”
Phoebe has a successful history of repurposing large, unused commercial property.  Phoebe Northwest is a prime example.  “We were able to turn a former grocery store on Dawson Road into a thriving location that serves the primary care, urgent care, and rehabilitation care needs of tens of thousands of southwest Georgians each year,” Wernick said.
The location now houses the Phoebe Family Medicine Residency, our successful 24 year-old program that has increased the number of family medicine physicians in southwest Georgia.  In the last fiscal year, our physician residents and dedicated faculty members at Phoebe Primary Care at Northwest saw 22,337 patients.
Phoebe Northwest also is the home of one of state’s finest outpatient rehabilitation centers outside metro Atlanta.  In Fiscal Year 2017, 16,296 patients visited the rehab center a total of 38,836 times.  In addition, there were 24,401 patient visits to our Phoebe Northwest Urgent Care location in FY17.  
Other recent Phoebe patient access investments include a new family medicine center in Camilla, a new community care center in Ellaville and an anticipated new facility to break ground in Buena Vista.  These join Phoebe Primary Care Clinics in Dougherty County, Lee County, Sumter County, Worth County and Ben Hill County.  Phoebe also has specialty medicine clinics throughout Albany and Americus as well as in Cordele, Fitzgerald and Sylvester.
Final plans for the Meredyth property are still in development and will be publicly shared upon completion.