ALBANY -- Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital has added a vice president to its ranks.
Jeff Flowers, a native of Pensacola, Fla., joined Phoebe's staff last week as the hospital's vice president of operations.
His formal introduction before the hospital's board came at its meeting Wednesday afternoon.
"This is all very exciting," Flowers said following the meeting. "This is an outstanding organization, and it is nice to be here."
Flowers' job will essentially be to oversee the support services aspects of the hospital, such as food services and laundry services.
"I will help take care of people that take care of people," the new vice president said when describing his duties.
Flowers is settling into the area with his wife and two sons, and is so far impressed with the community overall.
"This was an outstanding place to come to. It offered everything we were looking for in a community," he said.
Before coming to Phoebe, Flowers was the chief operating officer for Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence, Ala. -- a position he had held since July 2010. Before that, he was chief operating officer of the Coffee Health Group -- also in Florence.
Flowers received both his bachelor's degree in business administration and Master of Business Administration in finance from Auburn University in 1992 and 1993, respectively. His first position after leaving Auburn was as a controller for Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) Medical Center, which he held for two years.
In other news, the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center site is continuing to see progress as officials prepare for an event Friday that will mark the 100 days remaining until the Americus hospital's opening.
"We are very active in that region," said Phoebe CEO Joel Wernick.
In other business, a presentation was made by Surgical Services Vice President Maureen Jackson regarding Phoebe's use of the daVinci Robotic Surgery system.
Since its implementation at Phoebe in August 2010 up until Aug. 19 of this year, the system has been utilized for 350 cases at the hospital. More than 250 of those cases were for gynecology patients, while the remaining cases were for urology and general surgery patients.
There are 15-20 surgeons using the daVinci at Phoebe, Jackson said.
"It's been heralded as a revolution," she said to the board. "Everyone talks about robotics."
Jackson added that the hospital will eventually have to invest in a second robot as well as a surgical simulation system for physicians to practice on. Officials also want to expand into cardiac and thoracic procedures, she said.