St. Joseph’s / Candler Health System announced today that it plans to build a six-acre medical complex in the Interstate Center Industrial Park near the Bryan County mega-site at the I-16 / Highway 280 interchange – growing county.
The medical facility will eventually cover 40,000 square feet when fully developed, including office space for the Bryan County Development Agency, which has partnered with St. Joseph’s / Candler to purchase the property and play a key role in acquiring the adjacent 2,200 square feet play -Hectare mega-site.
The Interstate Center Industrial Park is a large section of vacant land that was acquired earlier this year with state and local funds to fuel the region’s already booming industrial growth. Marketing to potential tenants will begin shortly. The state bought the land in partnership with the Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Corridor Joint Development Authority (JDA) for $ 61 million.
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The property will be the first of its kind for Bryan County, which grew 48% between 2010 and 2020, according to census data. The district where the megasite is located saw a 17% population growth.
The multiracial population has seen the greatest growth in this area, rising from around 1% to more than 5% of the population over the past decade.
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Despite the boom in the region, residents have limited access to health care in their own communities. The closest hospital for Pembroke residents is in Savannah nearly 40 miles away. Emergency care is nearly 30 miles away in Pooler.
“St. Joseph’s / Candler has worked very hard over the past few years to identify areas of our ward [that] need more access to health services, “said CEO Paul Hinchey in a statement from the regional health system.” This particular part of Bryan County has been part of our growth and access strategy for some time.
The hospital system is also opening an oncology clinic in Pembroke to care for cancer patients in North Bryan and Effingham counties.
Before the construction work can begin, the property must be zoned from industrial to commercial. The first phase will include a two-story, 20,000-square-foot building aimed at providing “primary health services” such as general practitioners, emergency care, occupational therapy, and in-demand diagnostic and clinical services. From there, the six hectare site will be developed to meet the needs of the community.
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