This year’s Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. contest has been momentous, humbling, and astounding all at the same time. Year after year, we see hospitals ramp up their engagement efforts in hopes of making our Top 20 list in the last few weeks of our contest. This year was a little different in that we received a record-breaking (almost) 400,000 votes, a quarter of which were for one hospital alone.
In the history of our Most Beautiful Hospitals contest, we’ve seen and heard different reactions from winners. Some have cried, some have claimed this contest put their hospital on the map, some have revived company morale after a tough time, and some have called winning our contest the brightest spot in their year. But never have we ever encountered something like this: The mayor of Americus, GA declared May 22, 2015 as “Vote for Phoebe Sumter Day” in an effort to rack up votes before the voting deadline.
Phoebe Sumter stands out for more than having a great support system. In 2007, a tornado ravaged the town of Americus, GA and destroyed then Sumter Regional Hospital along its path. Medical personnel resorted to providing treatments out of tents provided by FEMA and GEMA until the facility was rebuilt in 2009. It was also in 2009 that Sumter Regional Hospital gained a new name: Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.
In 2011, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center opened its doors to a new state-of-the-art 183,000 square-foot facility. To think that a hospital that lost everything could rise up as a LEED-certified facility and earn a national distinction is truly remarkable.
Congratulations to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center for being named Soliant’s 2015 Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S.!