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Remembering 2015: Moultrie hospital gets a huge renovation

Dr. Kirby Smith Dr. Kirby Smith
Dr. Justin Baker Dr. Justin Baker

A recent $30 million renovation at Colquitt Regional Medical Center focused not only on expanding, but creating a facility that will make a difference in the lives of those who need treatment.

Physicians say while the renovation may seem purely cosmetic in the sense of larger rooms and fancy glass windows, the upgrades have actually proven to be more effective in patient care.

When you enter into the new Colquitt Regional Medical Center main lobby-- you immediately notice the shiny new floors and convenient layout. "It was dated. The hospital was built in the 70s, and it showed," said Dr. Justin Baker.

But after 18 months of construction, the medical center has 60,000 square feet of new space and state-of-the-art technology.

"From the beginning, the hospital board and the administration included the physicians in every part of the process and got their input. They asked us what we needed. And I think that's what made it really successful," said Dr. Kirby Smith.

Ten new private ICU rooms equipped with their own restrooms, with sleeper sofas for family members. And six new surgical rooms-- with video technology and a DaVinci Surgical Robot.

One of the biggest improvement is this computer next to the patients' beds. It allows physicians and nurses to spend more time with the patients, and it also decreases the chances for error.

"Most patients would look at a smaller hospital and think, 'Well, they're just not going to have the latest and greatest.' But we have taken strides to make sure that everything is as up to date as it can be," said Dr. Justin Baker.

Updates that center around the patients' specific needs. "Sometimes it's not a very comfortable place to be when you're in the hospital, but when you make it as comfortable as possible, it does seem to make the experience better,"  Dr. Kirby Smith said.

Ten new physicians have joined the medical team this year, and many of them are impressed that this small town has the latest technology to provide the utmost quality care.

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