THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –A south Georgia hospital is expanding to keep up with its own growth.
Thomasville's Archbold Memorial Hospital's North Tower project will soon be jammed-packed with new technologies and staff.
WALB News10's LeiLani Golden shows us how the biggest permit project in Thomas County's history will impact the community.
Construction work is well underway on Archbold's 110-million dollar North Tower project.
"Archbold seeks to be the best in what they do," says the president of Thomasville/Thomas County's Chamber of Commerce Don Simms. "They are never satisfied and want to go further. It seems every year there are plans for something newer and better."
The expansion will solve the issue of strained space in the emergency room, operating and patient recovery areas. But as Thomasville's largest employer, the expansion will also boost its local economy.
"For every doctor they hire it creates 17 jobs," Simms explains. "So the work that's done by Archbold and the enhancement they've already done will really add to our ability to recruit not only business and industries but also retirees."
Since construction began last May, crews have worked through extreme high and low temperatures to erect the main elevator shaft and stairwells now visible on the site.
"This community has come to appreciate the fact that nothing comes easy," says Simms. "So our people have worked around congestion and traffic there because they know something great's coming."
By far one of the biggest inconveniences caused by the construction is the relocation of the emergency room entrance, which used to be right here. Now, patients must park far away and make the long trek to the ER doors.
But officials say it will soon be all worth it.
"Archbold really affects a lot of what goes on here and sells this community to people by its professionalism and the facilities it has. When people come to Thomasville, they buy with their eyes. And it's most impressive to see what they're doing," Simms says proudly.
And come spring of 2012, the full affect of the project will be revealed.
Officials say the North Tower project is only part of the overall plan to make patient care as efficient and technologically advanced as possible.
A new, state-of-the-art oncology center that opened last July is another portion of this mission.
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