The $21.6 Million Expansion of St. Joseph’s Hospital Now Open

The 18-month project created a modern and inviting environment for better patient care and is key to addressing a growing population in the region

A major expansion of one of Southside Savannah’s landmark buildings is complete, and the 47-year-old St. Joseph’s Hospital boasts a modern and efficient design that is more comforting for patients as they heal.

Visitors to the newly expanded St. Joseph's Hospital will be greeted by Welcoming Christ, a hand-carved marble statue that sits atop a fountain outside the Emergency Department.

This expansion is more than just added space. It represents the art and science of technologically advanced medicine combined with an elegantly-designed environment that promotes tranquility, spirituality and healing for patients in an amenity-rich space.  For doctors and co-workers, the space is clinically efficient for better patient care.

The now- completed first phase of this project consisted of a 14,815-square-foot expansion of the emergency department, a new open and inviting atrium with bigger waiting areas for the Emergency Department, Outpatient Surgery and Imaging plus expanded parking. View this map to see new locations, entrances and parking. 

“This is a major investment in the biggest building on Savannah’s southside,” said St. Joseph’s/Candler President & CEO Paul P. Hinchey. “It is strategically located for the growing populations in all counties surrounding Savannah, so this expansion is a keystone for our overall strategic plan to deliver easy access to high-quality healthcare for the entire region.”

This state-of-the-art architectural design is reflective of the smart medicine philosophy the hospital exemplifies: high-end technology, unsurpassed quality and unyielding compassionate care. The exterior was designed to be in harmony with the recent modern facelift and renovations of the hospital patient tower and consists of two major components.

"This incredible project took place while the 330-bed hospital operated 24-hours a day,” Hinchey said. “Our co-workers and doctors did a magnificent job giving the highest patient care while navigating a constantly-changing building.”

The second phase of this 18-month project will now begin with the renovation of the old Emergency Department into a seamless environment for patient care and the ability to handle more patients than ever before.

How St. Joseph's Was Expanded

Walking into the atrium at the waiting areas for Outpatient Surgery and Imaging you can't help but notice three beautiful stained-glass windows. The windows were saved from the original St. Joseph's Hospital downtown location.
  • The building was expanded by 17,000 square feet.
  • Renovation of another 13,000 square feet of existing hospital space will be completed this summer.
  • The current emergency department was expanded by 14,815 square feet.
  • The number of treatment rooms in the Emergency Department grew and are bigger in size.
  • When the second phase is complete this summer, there will be 32 Emergency Department rooms.
  • There are six fast-track treatment rooms for lower acuity patients.
  • We have designed the space to enhance the patient experience, expedite treatment and help staff to be more efficient.
  • Operational CT scan and X-Ray room inside the ED
  • There is a new atrium, new waiting areas, a new access road, expanded parking, and new lobby space that is open, inviting, and which can be easily navigated.
  • We improved our internal process by creating a quicker triage and a fast track area for lower acuity patients.

These changes were made to address the increased demand from the community for a more efficient and consumer friendly hospital. The space was designed for co-workers to be more productive and created better visibility to patients and visitors entering the hospital. The goal is to see patients quicker, in a friendlier environment and with amenities to enhance everyone’s experience.

Tied To History

St. Joseph's Hospital began in 1875 when the Sisters of Mercy took over the operations of the Forest City Marine Hospital in what is now the historic district. Since its inception, Savannahians have trusted the care, compassion and medical expertise that have become synonymous with the St. Joseph's name.

The new hospital opened in 1970 on the southside after a bold move by then hospital administrator Sr. Cornile Dulohery. The new St. Joseph’s has been designed with that bold vision in mind, but not to forget the history of the Sisters of Mercy and their medical and spiritual gifts to the community.

The expansion features stained-glass windows that were saved from the original downtown location. To further tell the Sisters of Mercy story a newly-commissioned eight-foot-wide, 800-pound Mercy Rose Window is a prominent feature of the new atrium, vibrantly depicting the journey of the Sisters of Mercy over the course of their time in Savannah.

Outside, a hand-carved “Welcoming Christ” greets patients and visitors in a similar fashion as the statue of St. Joseph’s at the hospital’s main entrance. 


About St. Joseph’s/Candler

St. Joseph’s/Candler is a 714-bed, Magnet-designated facility for nursing excellence, with a focus on the latest technologies and research. It is anchored by  the 330-bed St. Joseph’s Hospital and the 384-bed Candler Hospital. Its comprehensive network includes centers of excellence for oncology, cardiovascular, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, orthopedics and a variety of other disease specialties. SJ/C's Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion has been selected to be part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the NCI Community Oncology Research Program. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital is a not-for-profit health system serving 33 counties in southeast Georgia and the South Carolina Low Country and is the largest and only faith-based institution in the region. For more information, visit

  • St. Joseph's Hospital Campus: 11705 Mercy Blvd., Savannah, GA 31419, (p) 912-819-4100
  • Candler Hospital Campus: 5353 Reynolds St., Savannah, GA 31405, (p) 912-819-6000
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