Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Oct 29, 2012
Press Release

ALBANY, GA – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02 joined Joel Wernick, CEO of Phoebe Putney, Dorothy Hubbard, Mayor of Albany, the Albany Chamber of Commerce, the Dougherty County Commission, the Albany City Commission, as well as management and staff of Phoebe Putney at the ribbon cutting for Phoebe Putney’s new digestive health center in Albany Georgia.

“I am convinced that some of the smartest, brightest, most hard working people in the world live and work right here in southwest Georgia,” said Bishop. “In addition to your legacy of providing excellent care for Georgians, thank you Phoebe Putney for opening your new center in Albany, providing the opportunity for even more skilled labor jobs to be based right here in southwest Georgia.”

“Phoebe is focused on meeting the healthcare needs of the citizens we serve, regardless of the complexity,” said Joel Wernick, CEO of Phoebe Putney Health System. “This center is a major step in strengthening our physicians’ and providers’ ability to improve digestive health for all southwest Georgians.”

Now that the new digestive health center is open, Albany residents will have improved access to gastroenterologists as well as to high definition endoscopes and high-resolution monitors, a necessity for many residents in Southwest Georgia. Appointment times will be reduced from four months to under two weeks. In addition, the Center will provide on-site consultations with a dietitian as well as with mid-level practitioners who can help navigate care for patients with complex diseases. Phoebe Putney’s new digestive health center at Two Meredyth Place in Albany Georgia employs over 100 individuals, including 30 new clinical and support staff positions.

For a picture of Congressman Bishop at the ribbon cutting, please click here.