Albany -- Albany will soon have a much needed health care service thanks to a new program to start at Palmyra Medical Center.
The State of Georgia has just approved Palmyra to being operating a long term acute care hospital inside of its building. It will feature a 33 bed facility for critically ill patients needing to stay in an intensive care setting for an extended period of time.
Currently, the closest long term acute care center is in Macon.
"Today what were having to do is transfer patients that need this level of care to Macon," said Palmyra CEO Bud Wethington. "So they have to leave their family, friends, and home and go out of town whereas in the future they will come to this hospital and seek this care and receive this care."
Palmyra will renovate a wing in its building for the new hospital. It expects to be up and running by December. The news hospital will bring 120 new jobs to Albany.