By Natalie Simms
Gordon Hospital has plans for a nearly $23 million renovation and expansion project at the hospital in Calhoun. A Certificate of Need application recently was filed with the Georgia Department of Community Health for the project, which follows on the heels of a $37 million expansion and renovation the hospital completed in 2014-2015.
According to the application, this new project includes the interior renovation of existing physical plant space in the Surgery Department to create one additional shared inpatient and outpatient operating room. “Increasing the total of general shared ORs from four to five…the existing ORs are constantly experiencing extended patient discharge times due to higher patient volumes.”
Plans also include the relocation of the existing Women’s Diagnostic Imaging Center to vacated space in the original emergency department, which will improve access. Approximately 1,100 square feet would be added to this area in a “bump out” of new construction.
The third component of the plan is to relocate the existing birthing center that includes 10 Labor/Delivery/Recovery/Post-Partum beds from the ground floor/east wing of the hospital to a more secured third floor wing in the north tower. The north tower was added in the 2014 expansion project.
“No additional inpatient beds are part of this project. This project is part of the hospital’s long-range plan to ensure exiting physical plant and services are enabled to provide high quality inpatient and outpatient medical, diagnostic and therapeutic services in a safe, efficient, accessible environment consistent with current and future needs in the service area,” states the application.
A final decision from Community Health is expected this spring.