Tift Regional Health System extension hosts ‘Halfway Home’ celebration

Cook Co. Medical Midway

ADEL, GA (WALB) - An extension of the Tift Regional Health System celebrated the halfway mark of construction on its new facility Friday.

The replacement facility for the Cook Medical Center will include a convenient care clinic for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses.

The building is 120,000 square ft., will hold 20 hospital beds, and will add about 50 jobs.

Among several new services, the facility will also include acute inpatient care and lab services.

The goal of the new facility is to increase access to care, enhance the patient experience and bring more specialties to the area.

“So our current facility was built in the 50s and the infrastructure in that facility had become obsolete and so it’s a capital expense to keep an older building operational for healthcare services,” said Michael Purvis, CEO Cook Co. Medical Center.

The old facility will close once the new facility is completed and opened in October.

The facility is owned and operated by Tift Regional Medical Center.

The hospital says the new facility costs about $47 million dollars.

Reps say they’re strongly looking to use the old facility for behavioral health services like PTSD and opioid use, an unmet need in Georgia.

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