|Hospital receives governor’s award|
|Friday, November 15, 2013 2:46 PM|
PAULDING – In a ceremony held Thursday, Nov. 7, the Paulding County Hospital received the Governor’s Proclamation for the recently completed new ER addition. This honor goes to businesses that go above and beyond when it comes to expanding and developing services.
In November 2012, renovations for the updated and enlarged Paulding County Hospital Emergency Department began.
The first phase of the project involved enlarging the ER and doing some renovations before moving it to the east wing.
Once the move took place, the construction and renovation continued on the existing ER. The work took about three months. It was then that the ER moved back and the east wing was then renovated to house the testing laboratory.
Once the lab moved to its new home, the ER construction expanded to the old lab area. The total construction took about a year to complete. It is important to note is that the lab draw station will remain in the main outpatient area for patient convenience, but pneumatic tubes will connect the draw station and the ER to the testing lab for faster result time.
The last ER renovation, done in the early 1980’s, featured five patient rooms. The current renovation features a U-shaped nurse’s station with seven rooms surrounding it. The line of sight makes it possible for nursing and physicians to see patients which is an additional bonus.
Two large trauma rooms have fold back glass walls between them making one large trauma room if needed.
This can be used if an emergency requires that medical staff needs to be close to multiple patients.
Also added in the last phase is some much needed storage room and an area where local EMS personnel can chart and make notes concerning their patients.
Another addition was a patient lift that was installed that will help with patients that are difficult to move.
The total emergency department space is now 3,400 square feet. The renovation added an additional 1,000 square feet to the emergency department. The project was budgeted at $1,221,701 and will be coming in at approximately $60,000 under budget. No funds were solicited from the community as the project was funded with operational dollars. No loans were taken to complete the project during the course of the project; the hospital went debt free to demonstrate to the community that dollars generated here will be invested back into the community.
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