Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) announced plans to relocate all of Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s acute care and emergency care services currently at the Lanier Park Campus to the main campus when the hospital’s new North Patient Tower (NPT) opens in spring of 2009 and redevelop part of the vacated space into a replacement skilled nursing facility for New Horizons West, according to Jim Gardner, NGHS President and CEO.
“Consolidation of these services will minimize duplication of services and enhance operational efficiencies in the delivery of acute care and emergency services, while providing an excellent opportunity for replacement of our oldest skilled nursing facility,” said Gardner.
Construction on the North Patient Tower began in fall 2006 and was planned to address the growing demand for additional bed capacity. The Medical Center’s current total bed capacity is 461 and will increase to 557 when the NPT opens. The NPT will house 96 surgical beds, 32 intensive care beds, a new surgery suite with 23 operating rooms, a new imaging suite and a new endoscopy suite.
The North Patient Tower and Women & Children’s Pavilion scheduled for completion later this year, will more than double the hospital’s square footage.
While acute care and emergency services space will be reconfigured for skilled nursing care, many of the outpatient services currently located at Lanier Park, including bariatric support services, diabetes education and Wound Healing Center, will remain. All outpatient imaging services will be consolidated to the new Imaging Center under construction on Jesse Jewell Parkway and scheduled to open in 2009.