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Savannah Bar recognizes public defender Bill Lewis, others in Law Day event

Savannah attorney Bill Lewis has spent his 37-year career quietly defending people charged with crimes and frequently unable to afford their own lawyers.

Sandra Kent Bill Lewis

Board OKs $710M sale of Memorial University Medical Center

The board of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center on Wednesday evening unanimously agreed to a proposal from the Hospital Corporation of America to sign a letter of intent to purchase the assets of the hospital and the Chatham County Hospital Authority in a deal valued at $710 million.

St. Joseph’s/Candler still growing health care 20 years later

It’s been 20 years since Savannah’s two oldest hospitals joined in a “remarkable journey” to expand their provider network throughout the region and better serve their communities.

The St. Joseph’s Hospital emergency department and day surgery facility recently underwent renovations. (Jan Skutch/Savannah Morning News)

Veteran St. Joseph’s nurse named McAuley Award winner

A veteran nurse at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System today was named the 24th annual Catherine McAuley Award winner for her 29-year dedication to her patients and the system’s mission.

As leadership changes, Memorial Health's focus remains on its mission

Savannah attorney and businessman J. Curtis Lewis III is a veteran of more than 12 years on the board of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center, a journey he compared to a roller coaster ride.

Memorial Health names interim CEO to succeed Maggie Gill

A 20-year veteran of directing major hospitals and health care organizations on Tuesday was named interim CEO of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center.

Kerry Watson, the new interim CEO of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center

St. Joseph’s/Candler announces plans for Pooler hospital project

St. Joseph’s/Candler officials Thursday announced plans to build a “micro hospital” in Pooler to better serve patients from westside Savannah and outlying areas as they expand their regional appeal.

Architect’s preliminary rendering of St. Joseph’s/Candler Pooler Campus (Courtesy St. Joseph’s Candler)

Savannah assistant city attorney recognized for community service

Savannah Assistant City Attorney Denise Cooper was recently recognized with the 18th annual Robert Benham Award for Community Service because of her community contributions beyond the law.

Savannah Assistant City Attorney Denise Cooper

Courthouse retirement leaves decades of memories

Priscilla Russell means it this time. Russell completed her career as judicial administrative assistant to Chatham County Superior Court Chief Judge Michael Karpf and retired this past Friday.

Priscilla Russell waits as her longtime boss, Chatham County Superior Court Chief Judge Michael Karpf, signs legal documents at the Chatham County Courthouse. She will retire on Friday. (Jan Skutch/Savannah Morning News)

St. Joseph’s Hospital completes expansion on Savannah’s southside

Officials say that St. Joseph’s Hospital will redefine health care for the region with a focus on patient comfort on Savannah’s southside when its completed first phase of a $21.6 million expansion opens Monday.

The new entrance to the St. Joseph’s Hospital’s emergency department is part of a 17,000-square-foot expansion that also includes upgrades to the outpatient surgery and imaging areas. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Three assistant public defenders to test private practice

Three young Chatham County assistant public defenders have gone out on their own in a bid to expand their services to people with legal problems and their aftermath.

National community leader urges Savannah Step Up leaders to pursue poverty solutions

Jennifer Singeisen has joined Step Up Savannah, Inc., as its new executive director, succeeding Suzanne Donovan, who stepped down in October after nine years with the agency, the last two as executive director.

Candler patient advocate wins annual humanitarian award

Elaine Connor, patient advocate at Candler Hospital, on Thursday was named winner of the 24th annual James R. Lientz Humanitarian Award at St. Joseph’s/Candler.

Divorce financial planning targets informed asset divisions

Sam Hubbard, a certified divorce financial analyst, and founder of Coastal Divorce Advisors, is the first locally to “provide the data and analysis to clients and their attorneys so that they can better negotiate a favorable settlement,” Hubbard said.

Sam Hubbard is a certified divorce financial analyst, and founder of Coastal Divorce Advisors,

Hospital Authority officials invite Memorial Health board members to join in effort to find new hospital partner

The Chatham County Hospital Authority on Tuesday evening unanimously voted to move forward in seeking a new financial partner for Memorial University Medical Center and invited hospital board members to join in a united effort.

Memorial Hospital enters summer of stalemate

A surface calm between officials at the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center and the county-appointed hospital authority seems to be masking a stalemate over how to ensure the system’s financial stability.

Memorial: Novant Health remains our choice

Memorial Health Inc. board members Wednesday night gave hospital President/CEO Maggie Gill, her management team and hospital staff a vote of confidence for “keeping their eyes on the ball” during ongoing partnership negotiations.

National hospital giant enters new proposal for Memorial Health

A new player in the broken Memorial Health-Novant partnership deal surfaced Thursday with pledges of a long-term lease of Memorial, an acquisition or a joint venture with the health care provider.

Chatham County Hospital Authority to try and revive Memorial-Novant pact 

Chatham County Hospital Authority official Art Dana said Wednesday his group is reaching out to Novant Health officials in an effort to revive discussions of a partnership with Memorial Health that abruptly died on Monday.