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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 ten decades since, the hospital's service area has grown to a population of over 300,000, and Phoebe has grown to a population with it into one of America's most progressive community hospitals.

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.

But some things haven't changed. As Phoebe has grown to become a major regional medical center, 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.