WellStar Health System has received Certificate of Need (CON) approval from the Department of Community Health to build a replacement hospital in Paulding County. The state approved WellStar’s CON on Dec. 2, allowing construction on the $125 million hospital to begin immediately.
The replacement hospital will be located in Hiram and will replace the current WellStar Paulding Hospital in Dallas. Plans for the new, larger facility include 30 adult emergency exam rooms, 10 pediatric emergency exam rooms, and six surgery suites. The replacement hospital will initially open with 56 inpatient beds and will grow to 112 beds by 2016. It will bring an estimated 300 new jobs to Paulding County.
“We are thrilled to be able to move ahead with the new hospital,” said Mark Haney, WellStar senior vice president of real estate and construction and president of WellStar Paulding Hospital. “With our growing population, there is a huge need for a new hospital and we are excited to be able to better serve our community.”
The first element of construction, to begin next week, will be a new median cut on Hwy 278 to create a new entrance to the hospital campus. WellStar has developed a plan that will start construction on the hospital, as well as a new medical office building, in April or May 2012, which is two months earlier than projected in the original Hospital plans. The replacement hospital is expected to open in April 2014.
The replacement hospital and new medical office building will be built adjacent to WellStar’s existing medical office building in Hiram. When complete, the campus will include an emergency department, comprehensive surgical services, a cancer center, women’s imaging and a multitude of other healthcare services.
Totally digital, the new WellStar Paulding Hospital is designed with patient-centered care in mind. All inpatient rooms will be private with room for family members to stay overnight. The design of the replacement hospital includes a significant amount of green space and landscaping surrounding the facility that is accessible to patients and visitors, including two park-like areas.
Environmental and energy sustainability are priorities of the replacement hospital design, and LEED-principled elements are incorporated throughout. Additionally, the facility will be constructed using concepts from the Center for Health Design’s Pebble Project, ensuring that the facility design is driven by evidence-based research. Evidence-based design features are elements in the design and construction environment that have been proven beneficial to patients and staff, contributing to high quality outcomes, fewer safety events and improved employee morale.