Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville has been feeling a little cramped lately.
"I don't want to tell you all the frustration that I personally feel when I have trouble scheduling for surgery or when I have to deal with getting a patient in and out of the emergency room in a fashion that isn't timely."
But an expansion project already underway will soon solve the issue of strained space in the emergency room, as well as operating and patient recovery areas.
"The North Tower is a real exciting project ... it's the largest construction project in the history of the medical center, as well as our community, about $110 million project overall."
The hospital says construction on the new addition has been on-going since May of 2010, and even inclement Georgia weather won't stop the new wing from going up.
"This is the opportunity for ... us to practice medicine in the 21st century and forward."
The tower's scheduled completion date is Spring of 2012. Already, an 8-story-tall main elevator shaft and other stairwells are visible on the site.
The hospital says other minor improvements will also be incorporated into the project, including a more easily accessed entrance for the handicapped.
Archbold says the north tower is only one piece of its plans to make patient care as efficient and technologically advanced as possible.
They say a new oncology center was recently completed as another portion of this mission.
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