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Jan Skutch

Vidalia-based medical system to pay government nearly $13 million in false claims

Meadows Regional Medical Center, Inc. in Vidalia and others have agreed to pay the United States and Georgia a total of up to $12,875,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act, the U.S. attorney’s office in Savannah announced today.

Anniversary event benefits vision-impaired group

Papa’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood on Whitemarsh Island on Wednesday presented a $3,000 check to the Savannah Center for the Blind and Low Vision as part of their on-going support for the nonprofit.

Danny DeLoach, left, and Leslie Eatherly, nonprofit director of development, accept a $3,000 check from Judy Ouzts and PaPa’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood. (Special to the Savannah Morning News)

Moore to return jazz bar/restaurant to downtown Savannah venue

Stephen Moore and his wife, Danielle, are huge jazz fans but finding jazz venues lacking in Savannah forced them to go elsewhere for their music fixes.

Stephen Moore, right, owner of Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant, talks with consultant Chef Joe Randall on the music stage at the Broughton Street venue (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

One Hundred donates $350,000 to children’s hospital

The One Hundred on Thursday presented a $350,000 check for the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah, fulfilling a pledge to raise enough money over five years to secure the naming rights to the pediatric emergency department wing on the campus of Memorial University Medical Center.

Shown here at the ceremonial check presentation are, from left, Ann Walker, vice president and next year’s president of the One Hundred; David Dorminey, executive director at Memorial whose duties include the Memorial Health Foundation; Heather Newsome, executive director of the Willett Children’s Hospital; Nadine Bothwell, president of the One Hundred; Carolyn Brown, past president of the One Hundred; and Sandy Ljungdahl, past gala chair. Not pictured is Joan Pierce, past president. (Courtesy Memorial Health)

Roseman named 25th St. Joseph’s/Candler James Lientz Award winner

A veteran communications team leader at St. Joseph’s/Candler on Wednesday was named the 25th annual James R. Lientz Humanitarian Award winner.

Lientz Award winner Vanessa Roseman and Paul Hinchey, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler. (Scott Larson/For the Savannah Morning News)

Four Savannah lawyers named to Young Lawyers leadership roles

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State bar foundation donates $10,000 in grant to Meditation Center for client support

Savannah attorney Patrick O’Connor, the immediate past president of the State Bar of Georgia, on Wednesday presented a $10,000 grant check to The Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire to help them in efforts to assist groups primarily providing low-income and indigent folks with their legal needs.

Ex-Memorial CEO named chief executive at Novant Health UVA

Maggie Gill, former president-CEO at Memorial Health, has been named chief executive officer at Novant Heath UVA Health System in Manassas, Va.

Maggie Gill

Bouhan Falligant law firm leaves Armstrong House for nearby vibrant neighborhood

The Bouhan Falligant law firm has left the serenity of the iron-gated Armstrong House on the north side of Forsyth Park after 46 years for new offices on the south end to join the vibrant community it sought.

Managing Partner Lea Holliday shows the mahogany conference table as well as other artifacts from the Armstrong House that now decorate the third floor conference room that overlooks Forsyth Park at 1 West Park, the new home of the Bouhan Falligant law firm. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Memorial University Medical Center celebrates new sign for children’s hospital

A couple whose $5 million naming gift highlighted a funding effort for the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital at Savannah said Thursday their action was sparked by love.

Dwaine and Cynthia Willett speak at the celebration at the children’s hospital at Memorial University Medical Center (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

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)