Two nationally recognized medical centers deliver top quality health care in the city: Memorial University Medical Center and the St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System. These centers and the advanced medical specialties they offer attract people from all over southeast Georgia and the southern coastal area of South Carolina. The medical facilities are also the top two private nonmanufacturing employers in the metropolitan area.
Ambulatory health care services accounted for $652 million of personal income in the Savannah MSA in 2011, or 6.0% of total private sources of personal income. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, Candler Hospital Inc. and Memorial University Medical Center are ranked as two of ten largest employers in the Savannah MSA in 2012.
Memorial University Medical Center
Memorial Health in Savannah, Georgia, is a nonprofit, two-state healthcare organization that serves 35 counties in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes Memorial University Medical Center -- a 622 bed academic hospital, primary and specialty care physician practices, a major medical education program, business and industry services, and a 24-hour nurse call center.
Memorial houses a number of services that are not available at any other hospitals in the region, including a Level 1 trauma center, a children’s hospital, a Level 3 neonatal intensive care nursery, and a cancer research laboratory.
Memorial has earned local, state, and national accolades for its clinical services and patient safety programs. With approximately 5,000 Team Members and more than 600 physicians on staff, Memorial is the largest healthcare provider in southeast Georgia.
St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System
Two Savannah hospitals partnered in 1997 to create the St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, the largest faith-based nonprofit health institution in the region. Its two anchor hospitals, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital, have total capacities of 305 beds and 331 beds respectively. SJ/C offers primary care and more than a dozen specialized inpatient and outpatient services including those for women and children, oncology, pulmonology, cardiovascular care, digestive disease services, neurological/neurosurgical care, and orthopedics.
Top tertiary care is provided at its Centers of Excellence:
- Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion
- The Heart Hospital
- Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital
- Institute for Advanced Bone and Joint Surgery
- The Institute for Neurosciences
SJ/C has achieved network accreditation status – a rare honor – in addition to its accreditation by the Joint Commission. It is the only health provider in the region to have achieved both network accreditation status and MAGNET status for nursing excellence. The Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion is an original designee of the National Cancer Institute's Community Cancer Centers Program. SJ/C has earned the highest award for stroke care by the American Stroke Association. SJ/C received the 2012 Foster McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Services from the American Hospital Association.
Source: Revised 11/2013 from MUMC and SJCHS.