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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.

Memorial CEO: Hospital authority's actions killed Novant Health deal

Memorial Health President/CEO Maggie Gill said that a partnership agreement with a North Carolina medical system was doomed after the county’s hospital authority repeatedly changed agreements.

FILE - Memorial University Medical Center

Novant Health withdraws from Memorial partnership deal

Novant Health Inc. officials on Monday informed Memorial University Medical Center officials they were terminating negotiations on the long-anticipated partnership agreement that Memorial officials have said was a “make or break” deal for the health care provider’s future.

Memorial University Medical Center breaks ground for new children's hospital

Memorial University Medical Center officials today broke ground on the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah, capping a 24-year journey to provide the region’s only stand-alone children’s hospital.

Ground is broken for the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Memorial Health, Novant merger at standstill until hospital lease details finalized

Chatham County Hospital Authority officials plan to meet this week with their counterparts from Novant Health to discuss lease changes needed to complete a strategic partnership agreement for Memorial University Medical Center.

Exterior of Memorial University Medical Center (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Memorial Health ends 2015 with $22 million net loss similar to 2014

The parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center ended 2015 with a net loss of $22 million, but with a $4 million positive cash flow, according to Maggie Gill, president/CEO of Memorial Health, on Thursday.

The year-end figures are close to those for 2014 and contained few surprises, Gill said.

Judge OKs Memorial's $9.9M fraud settlement

A federal judge this week approved a $9.9 million settlement between the government and Memorial University Medical Center and related entities over allegations they filed false claims for Medicare reimbursements.

Phillip Schaengold

Memorial, Novant medical union almost complete

The board chairman of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center on Wednesday said negotiations with Novant Health for a partnership continue with indications of a March time frame to finalize an agreement.

“We’re nearing the finish line, but we’re not there yet,” Harry Haslam Jr. said.

St. Joseph's Hospital officials unveil $19 million project to ready site for next 20 years

St. Joseph’s/Candler next month will begin a $19 million expansion and renovation at the southside hospital as the second phase in a major system-wide expansion to meet growing patient need and the changing face of health care in Savannah.

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News - Paul P. Hinchey, president/CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler, right, and Henry Minis, who heads the fundraising campaign, review renderings for the $19 million expansion of the southside hospital’s emergency department.

Memorial Health, affiliates settle Medicare overbilling litigation with U.S. for $9.8 million

Memorial Health Inc., agreed to pay $9,895,043 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by submitting false and fraudulent claims for Medicare reimbursement based on prohibited referrals by physicians whose financial relationships violated federal law.

Advocate: Step Up Savannah must continue efforts to seek poverty cures

A national leader in advancing opportunities for low-income communities on Friday urged Step Up Savannah leaders to continue their efforts to advance upward social mobility as a cure for poverty.

Photos by Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News- LaTahja Bruin, right, gives Andrea Mamalakis Epting a hug after presenting her the Teinique Gadson Advocacy Award for H.U.G.S., Heads-Up Guidance Services, at Step Up Savannah’s annual meeting and breakfast. The award is named for LaTahja’s mother, Teinique Gadson, who was the former director of the Neighborhood Improvement Association.