Temporary Phoebe Sumter facility being demolished

AMERICUS, Ga. — The temporary facility that had been operating as Phoebe Sumter Medical Center until a permanent replacement could be built is now in the process of being demolished, officials with Phoebe say.

An F-3 tornado ravaged through Americus on March 1, 2007, with one of the structural casualties being Sumter Regional Hospital — which ultimately had to be demolished. Cogim units, previously used only for military housing, were assembled into a 70,000 square-foot, 70-bed interim medical complex that served as a hospital.

In October 2008, Phoebe Putney Health System responded to a request from the Americus and Sumter County Hospital Authority to be a partner in rebuilding the hospital, which was renamed Phoebe Sumter.

The permanent facility opened to patients in December 2011.

Demolition of the temporary hospital is expected to be finished in the next few weeks. Plans for the site of the temporary hospital, which is owned by the Americus Sumter County Hospital Authority, have not been finalized, Phoebe officials said Wednesday.