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Hospital addition open for patients

February 17, 2006

Thomasville, Georgia-- The doors are open for business at Archbold Hospital’s new East Tower.

Heart patient Cherie Avery is being treated there. "At the end of September I had some problems and I ended up having a stint being put in, and so I started coming back up here in November to have the rehab," says Avery.

Convenience is the center’s biggest touting point. Unlike before, minor cardiovascular, renal, and vascular procedures can now be performed, and centralized, at Archbold. "There will be less transport around the hospital to get to machines, and that will make it better, less stressful on the patient, less stress on the nurses and the doctors," says cardiologist, Dr. William Ellis.

The tower’s technology is cutting edge. Staff is especially proud of their catheter lab and digital imaging systems. "That are state of the art, or the best we can find, which enhances patient care," says Ellis.

Even the rooms in the cardiovascular intensive care unit are state of the art. They're also equipped with private waiting rooms for family members, all for the comfort of patients like Avery. "I am so proud that we have a facility in our area like this so we don’t have to travel," she says. Except for open heart surgery. That still has to be performed in Albany or Tallahassee.

Patient education is another big part of the East Tower. It’s equipped with an auditorium capable of seating 250 people, classrooms, and teleconferencing technology.

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