Memorial Health Files Amendment with State to Increase Children’s Hospital Investment

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Memorial Health submitted an amendment to the Georgia Department of Community Health to increase its investment its Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah. This request will increase the size of the facility from 85,000 to 90,000 square feet and the investment from the previously approved $65 million to $74 million.

“From the beginning, our goal has been to build the very best children’s hospital to provide high-quality healthcare for the children and families in southeast Georgia,” said Brad Buckler, MD, Physician-in-Chief for the Children’s Hospital. “After comparing our plans to other children’s hospitals within the HCA Healthcare family, we saw an opportunity to improve our design by increasing the size of our surgical care area in the new facility.”

The new design will improve the experience and facilities for parents and families while their children are undergoing surgical care. It includes more spacious operating rooms and a larger post-anesthesia care unit for recovery. The new facility is expected to open in the 4th quarter of 2020.

“We are excited to share the good news about our continued investment in the Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah,” said Shayne George, CEO of Memorial Health. “Our goal is to ensure that parents and families have easy access to the very best care for their children. This expanded investment will do just that.”