New Hospital in Pauling to Open Doors in April

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Georgia’s second-fastest growing county will open the doors of its newest hospital on April 1st. The $92 million facility was built to replace the existing Pauling County Hospital, which was built in 1958 and has struggled to accommodate the needs of the county with only 34 functioning patient beds. The new 295,000 SF facility can accommodate up to 112 patient beds across its eight floors and offer services not offered at the old facility, such as pediatric emergency care and cardiac catheterization. All patient services will be operated out of the new hospital while the old hospital will be covered into a 182-bed, long-term nursing center.

Pauling’s new hospital has been in the works since 2009 when the county began planning the facility, which broke ground in 2012. Sources say that the county desperately needed a new facility for a couple of reasons, including Pauling’s 75% population growth since 2000 and the fact that the old hospital couldn’t support a lot of the new technology being implemented in medical centers. Brasfield & Gorrie, the general contractor for the project, said they focused on three factors during design and construction: safety, energy, and family. The new hospital boasts UV air handlers and water re-disinfectant systems for increased safety, the facility will consume about 30% less energy (despite being larger) than the old one, and patient rooms were designed larger than normal rooms in order to better accommodate patients’ families and other visitors.

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