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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Candler Hospital

 
 
Candler Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 18, 2009
1. Candler Hospital Marker
Inscription.  Georgia's first hospital, Candler is the second oldest continuously operating hospital in the United States. Its history began in the 1730s when Methodist missionary George Whitfield brought medicines to treat sick seamen and the poor. Chartered in 1804 as a seaman's hospital and poor house, it was later incorporated in 1808 under the name Savannah Poor House and Hospital Society. In 1819, the hospital moved to Gaston Street where it remained for 160 years. After Union forces occupied Savannah, the building served as a Union Hospital until 1866. Renamed the Savannah Hospital in 1872, it later housed the city's first nursing school which opened in 1902. The Methodist Church purchased the hospital in 1930, renaming it for Bishop Warren A. Candler. In 1960, the hospital joined forces with the country's oldest woman's hospital, Mary Telfair. In 1978 groundbreaking ceremonies were held on this site and the facility was completed in October 1980. In 1992 it was renamed Candler Hospital and in 1997, the hospital entered a joint operating agreement with St. Joseph's Hospital, forming St. Joseph Candler Health System.
Candler Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
2. Candler Hospital Marker

 
Erected 2004 by Georgia Historic Marker. (Marker Number 25-3.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 32° 1.695′ N, 81° 6.046′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from Reynolds Street. East end of Center Driveway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5353 Reynolds St, Savannah GA 31405, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Telfair Hospital for Females (here, next to this marker); Savannah High School (approx. 1.4 miles away); American Grand Prize Races (approx. 1˝ miles away); Roll of Honor (approx. 1.6 miles away); Georgia Infirmary (approx. 2.1 miles away); Mother Mathilda Beasley, O.S.F. (approx. 2.2 miles away); Charity Hospital and Training School for Nurses (approx. 2.2 miles away); Florance Street School (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding Candler Hospital. St. Joseph's/Candler Health System may have dual faith affiliations, but there's no dueling faiths here. The health care system is made up of
Candler Hospital Marker at right, shares location with Telfair Hospital for Females Marker, center image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
3. Candler Hospital Marker at right, shares location with Telfair Hospital for Females Marker, center
the Catholic St. Joseph's Hospital and the Methodist Candler Hospital; a joint operating agreement allows the two facilities to coexist. The two hospitals, which merged into one health system in 1997, have a total of almost 620 beds. Specialty services include cardiology, orthopedics, and oncology.
 
Also see . . .  Candler Hospital History. Timeline (Submitted on February 7, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,327 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 7, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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