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Phoebe: A Community of Care

Phoebe Putney Health System is a not-for-profit network of more than 4,500 physicians, nurses, professional staff, and volunteers. We deliver compassionate, high quality healthcare to more than 500,000 residents in our 41-county region. Phoebe is dedicated to providing a better way to health and wellness for our entire community.

We are a recognized leader in specialties including cardiovascular medicine, oncology, orthopaedics, and women’s health; and we offer patients the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic treatments available.

Phoebe also operates Phoebe Physicians, a self-governing, not-for-profit network that includes clinics and hospital-based physicians representing a wide range of medical specialties.


Our History

With the hospital's original endowment, a simple charge: "Serve all persons of the community regardless of race or ability to pay...and make it a brick building."

In 1910, Judge Francis Flagg Putney donated $25,000 to the Ladies Hospital Aid Society of Albany to establish a hospital to serve the citizens of Southwest Georgia.

The judge's endowment came with three stipulations:

  1. That the hospital be named after his mother "Phebe" Putney.
  2. That the hospital serve all citizens of the community, regardless of race or ability to pay.
  3. That the hospital be a brick building in order to withstand the greatest threat to structures at the time - fire.

The little hospital on the plains of Southern Georgia opened its doors on August 1, 1911, beginning a tradition of healing and community service that would grow into one of America's great not-for-profit community medical centers.

In the decades since, the hospital's service area has grown to a population of over 500,000, and Phoebe has grown to a population with it into one of America's most progressive community health systems.

With growth, the goal has been to bring the most advanced medical talent and technology - at a level generally found only in major population centers - to the citizens of Southwest Georgia. Some things haven't changed. As Phoebe has grown from a single hospital to a health system, the more than 4,500 members of the "Phoebe Family" serving at all Phoebe facilities have remained dedicated to Judge Putney's original mission of service to all.

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