Northside Hospital Gwinnett has installed the STAAT ModTM (Strategic, Temporary, Acuity-Adaptable Treatment) units to care for COVID-19 and other critically ill patients. These units, designed by HGA and prefabricated and assembled by The Boldt Company, were some of the earliest solutions in the United States for expanding hospital facilities.
The STAAT Mod is highly engineered to hospital quality standards and easily flexes to provide traditional inpatient capacity or critical care. The units can be operated with or without airborne infection isolation rooms (AIIR) that provide increased safety for both patients and caregivers. The acuity adaptable rooms installed at Northside are a mix of critical care ICU, Airborne Infection Isolation (AII) rooms, and lower acuity spaces such as Step Down, Medical Surgical, and Observation rooms.
STAAT Mod units were constructed at The Boldt Company starting in August and shipped via semitruck to Northside beginning in September for final site installation. The first wing was opened for patients on October 21, 2020, with the completed 71-Bed unit being turned-over to Northside on December 7. The 46,983 SF of units connected to hospital infrastructure provide 71 patient rooms to care for a variety of patients.
“The Atlanta region is experiencing rapid growth and, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we began looking at opportunities to increase our bed capacity and flexibility to handle an influx of patients” said, Debbie Mitcham, CEO of Northside Hospital in Gwinnett and Duluth. “In less than four months, we’ve been able to do what would normally take us 15 months.”
The STAAT Mod has a 20-year life span, making it durable enough to support a hospital’s longer-term strategy and is fully code compliant. The space allows Northside the ability to care for a variety of patients without sacrificing clinical quality, safety, efficiency or the dignity of any patient.