Hospital construction to finish by mid-September
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.
Construction continues on Polk Medical Center.