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Expansion begins at South Georgia Medical Center

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

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