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St. Joseph’s/Candler Tops Off Pooler Medical Campus

Apr 30, 2018

Pooler, Ga. – The top beam was installed Monday on the first building at the St. Joseph’s/Candler Pooler Medical Campus and the residents of Pooler are that much closer to advanced medical and surgical services in their backyards.

“The reality of this technologically-advanced medical campus tailored to what the residents of Pooler and West Chatham need is quickly becoming a reality,” said Paul P. Hinchey, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler. “We will soon be providing important medical services that they used to have to drive miles for.”

St. Joseph’s/Candler President & CEO Paul P. Hinchey thanks the construction crew for their hard workSt. Joseph’s/Candler is building a technologically advanced, concierge-level of service medical campus that will house surgical suites, many medical specialties, primary care, urgent care and more. The 220,000 square foot facility will have three phases and cost $62 million. 

Key developments:

  • The first phase will open to the public March 2019.
  • A da Vinci Surgical System robot has been dedicated to the Pooler campus to provide surgeries that are minimally invasive with fast recovery times.
  • The first phase will feature two operating rooms and two endoscopy suites.
  • Metro Surgical and Gastroenterology Consultants of Savannah are the first specialty practices to commit to opening practices at the Pooler facility.
  • Construction is ahead of schedule.

When complete, the 220,000-square-foot facilities will contribute to Pooler’s economic development by employing approximately 100 co-workers.

The tradition of the topping off ceremony

Topping off ceremonies are a traditional way of toasting the last or highest beam placed during building construction.  

Monday, Hinchey and dignitaries from the St. Joseph’s/Candler Board of Trustees and Pooler joined to celebrate the last beam set in place.  

St. Joseph’s/Candler has been in Pooler since 1992 and has expanded services to correspond to the growth of the area. In addition to a thriving primary care practice, St. Joseph’s/Candler has built offices for specialty physicians and an advanced imaging center. But now is the time for a centralized campus and to take St. Joseph’s/Candler’s advanced services to the community.  

The new 23-acre campus will be located on Pooler Parkway near the intersection with Interstate 16. The project will be multi-phased and built out over a ten-year period to create a multi-story, technologically advanced medical facility.

It will house offices for specialty and primary care offices in close proximity to key clinical services. The total estimated cost of the project is $62 million.



Phase I of the St. Joseph’s/Candler Pooler Campus will be about 83,000 square feet and cost $35 million. It will open in early 2019 and house distinct medical offices and clinical services.

The medical office building will contain:

  • Primary Care Services
  • Urgent Care Services
  • Specialist offices

The clinical services portion will contain:

  • Advanced Imaging Services
  • Endoscopy
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Outpatient Physical Therapy Services
  • Pharmacy Services
  • Laboratory Services
  • Wellness Services
  • Community Education Services

Phase II will include:

  • Expanded primary care offices
  • Expanded specialty offices
  • Wound Care
  • Cardiac rehab
  • Occupational medicine
  • Diagnostic cardiology
  • Short stay observation beds

The St. Joseph’s/Candler Pooler Campus fills a significant community gap in the rapidly developing Pooler area. Many of the housing subdivisions are completely built out and others are filling up.

St. Joseph’s/Candler has been building a significant regional footprint – now with 87 provider locations spanning 33 counties in southeastern Georgia and South Carolina.

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