Neurosurgery equipment moves to Phoebe Putney

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

ALBANY, Ga. -- A neurosurgical navigation system that had been installed at the former Palmyra Medical Center has found a new home at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Joe Austin, chief operating officer for Phoebe Putney Health System, said that the neurosurgeon at Palmyra -- now known as Phoebe North -- left some time ago, resulting in the Stryker system, designed to use infrared cameras and instruments along with tracking software to guide surgeons and their instruments through the anatomy of the brain, sitting idle.

Phoebe officials determined that, with the majority of the Albany area's trauma cases being directed to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, the equipment would be better suited for use at that campus, Austin said.

The equipment began making its way toward the main campus last week, Austin said. He also said that, to his knowledge, there was not currently any other equipment set to move from Phoebe North to be installed at its sister hospital.

Plans are currently in the works to turn Phoebe North, acquired by the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County in December 2011, into a women's and children's center.

The Stryker system was formally introduced at Palmyra in October 2010.

Since the hospital was purchased, officials at Phoebe have invested $1-$2 million in the facility, Austin said.


southwestga 2 years, 6 months ago

It's hard to believe that the recent Supreme Court decision about the illegal purchase of Palmyra would not be mentioned in this piece. It's not even in the links at the bottom. Are we all just going to continue to pretend that Phoebe can do whatever it wants?


dingleberry 2 years, 6 months ago

Phoebe does not pretend, it does what it wants with impunity so it seems. Something else we don't talk about anymore either was Phoebe had said it would continue to pay property taxes on the property as Palmyra had always done. That one hasn't happened.


GeeGee 2 years, 6 months ago

FTC should come and padlock the doors at old Palmyra. I can only imagine what Joel would have done if Palmyra had ignored to no baby delivery rule. That would have been worth seeing. They think they can do nothing wrong and are above the law.


boog 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm confident the 300+ employees at Phoebe North would not agree with locking the doors and walking away....


Jax 2 years, 6 months ago

Exactly. I don't think the patients would care for being locked inside either.


RedEric 2 years, 6 months ago

We have a great need for brain work here in Albany, hopefully in an improvement direction. It is a waste of time to complain about Phoebe. Albany is a microcosim of our counties future. A community overwhelmed with nonproducers, sucking money from the government to the point of collapse. Then the true Progressive agenda takes over and non-producers change or die. This does not end well for Gimmedats.


Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

Joel: How does it feel to flip off the United States Supreme Court?

I wish you'd have to go to jail for about 10 years.


flumaxed 2 years, 6 months ago

And so the gutting begins. What Joel can't have he will destroy while our joke of a hospital authority sleeps on the job.


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