The groundbreaking ceremony kicks off construction to double the size of the current emergency department, add a patient floor, convert all existing semi-private rooms to private rooms, renovate all patient rooms and add a new facade to the building’s exterior.
“In addition to allowing our 150 medical staff members, our physicians and our 700 employers to more efficiently take care of our patients in a more comfortable setting, this is also a significant economic impact to our hospital. A $26 million capital investment to the hospital and the community, creating jobs locally and also increasing our property tax base in the community,” said CMC CEO Keith Sandlin. “But, most importantly, the project is for and about our patients. Our patients at Cartersville Medical Center are our friends, our neighbors, our family members — we see them in the community every day and it gives us a great source of pride to be able to take care of those individuals. Our vision and commitment have always been to meet the needs of our community because we know that if we meet the needs of the community, it will be reciprocated, our medical community will be successful and continue to flourish.”
CMC received approval of their certificate of need last winter. In his presentation at Tuesday’s ceremony, Sandlin stated that the hospital’s emergency department is on track to serve more than 50,000 patients this year, which he called an “incredible number” for a facility the size of Cartersville Medical.
Speakers commenting on the expansion at Tuesday’s ceremony included Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown, Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini and State Rep. Paul Battles.
“We talk about the number of people employed, the amount of dollars invested, the new equipment being put in this place. Those numbers are staggering and the impact in our community is great, but when I look at it, I think the impact is really in that cancer patient who now doesn’t have to drive out of the community to get the services that they need, that that patient in need of surgery can get that surgery here instead of driving out of town, that family that has someone that’s sick that they can have them here to visit them closer to home, that anyone recovering here will now have a private room and be in a more comfortable surrounding,” Santini said. “It’s not the vast number of people that are helped, it is the fact that everyone of those people are helped individually. I appreciate the continued commitment of everyone at this hospital for making this a shining spot among the many things that make this community a wonderful place to live.”
Before wrapping up the ceremony, Battles shared a personal story of the care he received when he came to the CMC emergency department because of chest pains and was rushed to surgery for a quintuple coronary artery bypass.
“For that, I have a personal testimony for this facility and the ER. My wife had cancer surgery here, my kids have been in and out of this hospital and, in every case, they have been treated with the most professional care that I could ever ever want,” Battles said. “All this is doing, is providing an opportunity to do an even better job. ... And we look forward to continuing to support this facility as a part of our community.”
The construction period is expected to last 16 to 18 months creating up to 100 temporary jobs. About 45 permanent jobs are expected to be created with the expansion, set to be completed the second quarter of 2014.
Cartersville Medical Center, 960 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, is a 112-bed facility. For more information, visit www.cartersvillemedical.com or call 770-382-1530.