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Effingham Hospital Administrator Norma Jean Morgan helps hospital Board of Trustees Chairman Stephen Mobley, Dr. Joseph Ratchford and Neil Ratchford cut the ribbon Monday on the new office for Dr. Ratchford and partner Dr. Prakesh Patel. Behind them are state Rep. Jon Burns and  Dr. Patel. 

“We are looking forward to continuing our affiliation with Effingham County,” Dr. Ratchford said as he and Patel moved into the Physicians Office Building at the Effingham Hospital main campus.

Dr. Ratchford and Dr. Patel estimate they have between 12,000 and 14,000 active patients.