Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
July 20, 2006
Valdosta - 100 patients a day are treated at South Georgia Medical Center's emergency room. With these numbers constantly increasing, the hospital itself must grow as well.
Construction will begin this weekend on a 13.2 million dollar expansion of the Emergency Department. Once completed, the ED will have tripled in size and doubled its staff. "We were seeing more patients than we could really handle so we began the planning phases of expanding our Emergency Room," said George Hardy, Assistant Administrator Ancillary Services.
The Emergency Room at the South Georgia Medical Center is often so congested, patients might wait hours on results or be put on stretchers in the hallways due to lack of beds. The new facility will significantly increase the number of beds, room, and doctors provides to these patients.
Hardy added, "We currently have 16 beds in the Emergency Room and 6 Chest Pain beds. The new expansion, which is beginning behind me now, will have a total of 42 beds." The new Emergency Room will be three times as large as the existing one and will create 33 new positions for doctors, nurses, and practitioners.
ER Director Andree Shackelford has spent 20 years working at the hospital and says this expansion will benefit both for doctors and patients. "We're excited about that. It will help us take care of our patients quickly and maybe patients we've had to ship out to other facilities we can keep them here at South Georgia Medical Center."
Hospital officials expect the expansion and renovation to be completed in 18-24 months.
Emergency Room Detour Route:
From Ashley Street-turn down Cowart Street
From Patterson Street-turn on Woodrow Wilson Drive