Hospi­tal con­struc­tion to fin­ish by mid-Septem­ber

The Standard Journal - - Front Page - By KEVIN MYRICK Edi­tor

Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter is still on track for com­ple­tion by the end of Septem­ber, ac­cord­ing to ad­min­is­tra­tor Matt Gor­man.

Gor­man, who said this week con­struc­tion is on sched­ule with fair sum­mer weather work­ing in crews fa­vor.

The hospi­tal has al­ready brought in a con­sul­tant and formed in­ter­nal groups to fig­ure out how they will be­gin to move the hospi­tal from the cur­rent fa­cil­ity on North Main Street in Cedar­town out to the new hospi­tal on High­way 278.

“Things are re­ally go­ing great,” Gor­man said. “They’ve got drywall up in the build­ing’s in­te­rior, and crews are work­ing to fin­ish up on the in­side.”

Gor­man said the gen­eral con­trac­tor Bras­field & Gorrie will give over the cer­tifi­cate of oc­cu­pancy to the 73,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity to ad­min­is­tra­tors by mid-Septem­ber, but ac­tual con­struc­tion should be wrapped up be­fore then.

Once that’s com­pleted, the real work be­gins, Gor­man said.

“We have to have all the equip­ment set up and cer­ti­fied in­side the hospi­tal be­fore we can make a tran­sis­tion,” he said.

“Once that’s com­pleted, we’ll be able to move in full time,” Gor­man added.

The equip­ment is only part of the prob­lem. Once the new hospi­tal opens, they’ll be able to ad­mit pa­tients into the fa­cil­ity with­out much is­sue. Those pa­tients who are in beds at Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s cur­rent fa­cil­ity will then have to be trans­ferred, which is what a tran­si­tion team is cur­rently plan­ning now, months ahead of when they’ll have to move.

“All the work will take place over a cou­ple of days, so it will be a short time frame,” he said. “We ac­tu­ally have a con­sul­tant who is help­ing us with this, and based on ini­tial con­ver­sa­tions we’re go­ing to have two teams, one at the new hospi­tal and one at the cur­rent hospi­tal.”

He said there will be no in­ter­rup­tion in care for pa­tients dur­ing the move.

“We’re look­ing for this to be a seam­less tran­sis­tion,” he said. “We’ve got good people in­volved who will do a good job when the time comes.”

He said the new hospi­tal is likely to be up and run­ning by Novem­ber of this year.

When the new hospi­tal is com­pleted, the med­i­cal cen­ter will also see the open­ing of the new Pri­mary Care of­fices at the hospi­tal. Gor­man said work is nearly com­pleted on the new of­fices as well, and should be oc­cu­pied by the time the new hospi­tal opens.

Kevin Myrick/ SJ

Con­struc­tion continues on Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

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