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.
Health care accounted for an estimated $1.54 billion of personal income in the Savannah MSA in 2020 or 8% of total regional personal income.
Memorial University Medical Center
Memorial Health in Savannah, Georgia, is a two-state healthcare organization that serves 35 counties in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes Memorial Health University Medical Center, a 645-bed academic hospital, as well as primary and specialty care physician practices, a major medical education program, and business and industry services.
Memorial Health hosts a number of services that are not available at any other hospitals in the region, including a Level I trauma center, a children’s hospital, and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Memorial is also training the next generation of doctors in its six physician residency programs and three fellowships and by serving as the Savannah campus of Mercer University School of Medicine. Memorial has earned local, state, and national accolades for its exceptional outcomes and commitment to patient safety. On February 1, 2018, Memorial Health joined HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services with more than 185 hospitals and 2,000+ sites of care in 20 U.S. states and in the United Kingdom.
St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System
St. Joseph’s/Candler is a fully integrated health system – the premier health provider in the region offering advanced, high- quality care. St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System began in 1997 when two Savannah hospitals partnered to create the largest faith-based nonprofit health institution in Savannah and its surrounding areas. Its two anchor hospitals, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital, have total capacities of 330 beds and 384 beds respectively.
St. Joseph’s/Candler (SJ/C) offers primary care across the region. The SJ/C Physician Network provides patients with convenient Primary Care offices and highly-trained specialists. The health system also features 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.
The health system’s footprint continues to expand. A new, 170,000-square-foot hospital opened in Pooler in March 2019 and offers a broad range of medical services for the growing population in west Chatham and nearby counties, creating a one-stop, convenient healthcare destination redefining the healthcare experience through imagination, innovation, and modern technology.
SJ/C has opened a regional medical campus in Bluffton, SC, that greatly expands services and access to healthcare for that rapidly growing community. The campus is located at Buckwalter Place. SJ/C has provided medical services in Bluffton and Hilton Head for the past 16 years, and this development consolidates most of these medical services in one location that is at the center of growth in Bluffton.
While it has the top specialists and latest technology, SJ/C has a robust community outreach program core to its mission to care for the uninsured and underinsured. In 2012, the health system received the Foster McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Services from the American Hospital Association.
Source: Revised 12/15/2021 from public relations offices at MUMC and SJCHS.