Archbold Hospital is Building for the Future

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

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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  • by Old Soldier Location: South GA on Jan 8, 2011 at 04:37 AM
    If the building inspectors are doing their job, the buildings that are being built should pass with flying colors. It doesn't make sense to me that if someone traveling out of state that was awarded a contract that was higher than a local if you are saying the local used inferior materials. The traveling costs alone can eat into profits very quickly and force the out of town contractor to do poor quality work. After all when the job is done they are out of here. The locals have always stood by Archbold. They have worked hand in hand. IMO The locals had the low bids simply because they didn't have the travel and motel costs...hey are bound to the specifications that Archbold presents them with...Your comment is without merit on this. As far as last Administration goes. There was a team of doctors and nurses who provided some very valuable input on the East Tower a few years ago. That project went very well. The last Administration were not cost cutting as you say, Look at the projects...
  • by concerned mom Location: thomasville on Jan 7, 2011 at 09:55 AM
    In the past, buildings were built to the lowest specs often using materials that do not stand up to future needs, ie, the dialysis unit in Camilla is being revamped to meet present day needs at greater cost due to inferior materials used in original construction. Low bids do not mean high quality! You get what you pay for. With the addition of Ron Bue to Archbold Engineering quality is being assured. There is a new direction being implemented at Archbold--more nurses, replacing old buildings that have been utilized beyond their usefulness (see the new cancer center & dialysis unit), & evaluating employees for their capacity to be of service/kindness to the patients that make Archbold what it is, as well as improvements in billing services in their new off campus site. And, doctors are being asked what they see as deficiencies in the hospital, which did not happen under the prior cost cutting administration that was more concerned about their pensions & power to manipulate.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 04:39 AM
    If Ken Beverly was as crooked as it looks them he might have been getting kick backs for the "same old local contractors" that seemingly had guaranteed contracts with Archbold. Maybe those days are over!
  • by Old Soldier Location: South GA on Jan 6, 2011 at 02:49 AM
    Why is it that the local contractors who have worked with Archbold for years no longer able to do so on this new tower expansion. So many have been shown the door. I heard rumors that the new management did this because they felt the in town contractors worked for Archbold too long....That is a shame. Btw. Thomasville produces some highly talented people and some of the local contractors had the lowest bids....go figure that Tom in Madison. I am glad Cives provided the steel, Look at who got the HVAC Contract, Look at who got the electrical contract, look at who got the fire protection contract...it wasn't anyone local. Our locals are going out of town to work because we don't have nothing here......
  • by Anonymous Location: Cairo on Jan 5, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    funny how Archbold is hurting for money but they bought the Administrator at their hospital in Cairo Ga. a brand new 4x4 crew-can LOADED f150. They upgraded him from a nice car with no problems and not many miles but they give the employee's nickels and dimes for there raises!!!
  • by tom Location: madison on Jan 5, 2011 at 04:17 PM
    I do not care where the contractor lives. I want an experienced contractor with the lowest bid to build the hospital......why pay millions more for a inferior job?
  • by The Other Steel Man on Jan 5, 2011 at 04:12 PM
    To Old soldier - They did have the structural steel fabricated from Cives Steel in Thomasville so they are keeping some of it local. For some things there probably aren't local contractors able to do it. I don't think there is anyone in town experienced in erecting 8 story concrete and heavy steel buildings. Electrical may be local though.
  • by Thomasville Resident Location: Thomasville on Jan 5, 2011 at 03:55 PM
    "Old Soldier" - so sorry you feel that the new leadership isn't doing things the old way - I for one am glad to see the change! The building has nothing to do with contributing to rising healthcare costs - they were climbing before the building began. Out of town contractors are being used because they are better qualified than the locals. Local suppliers and workers are being used whenever possible (don't know where you got your misinformation). The hospital is not in debt. Check your facts before posting next time.
  • by Old Soldier Location: South GA on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    What a shame that Archbold is building the new tower using out of town contractors. Why would they do this. Thomasville has plenty of qualified contractors that can do alot of work on the new unneeded tower. The new leadership is bringing the big town way of doing things and treating our town like it doesn't even care. What a shame and yet they continue to raise our healthcare rates so high that it would be better to tough it out or even die instead of having a multi thousand debt that we can not pay....
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