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WellStar Douglas Hospital Celebrates Expansions, Enhancements
Projects fulfill system’s commitment to keeping patient and family at center of care
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Back row, from left: Matthew Jaffe, M.D., chief of staff, WellStar Douglas Hospital; Craig Owens, senior vice president and WellStar Douglas Hospital president; Billy Mayhew, Hospital Authority of Douglas County; Janet St. Martin, manager, Nutrition and Food Services; Steve Williams, manager, Cath Lab; Lint Clements, director, Facility Engineering; Gary Miller, incoming chair, WellStar Board of Trustees and member, Hospital Authority of Douglas County; Tommy Nicholson, Hospital Authority of Douglas County. Front row, from left: Eunice Stauffer, director, Nursing Services; Janie Maddox, outgoing chair, WellStar Board of Trustees; Melissa Box, vice president and chief nursing officer; Candice Saunders, WellStar president and COO; Janet Kelley, WellStar Douglas Regional Health Board; and Charles Branson, WellStar Douglas Regional Health Board.


On May 22, WellStar Douglas Hospital team members, along with members of WellStar’s Board of Trustees, senior leadership, Authority and Regional Health Boards celebrated the opening of a new expanded ICU, new admit/recovery unit (ARU), new, relocated cafeteria and increased campus parking for patients, visitors and staff.

The new ICU features 16 family-friendly patient care rooms with recliner couches, convertible sleepers and full bathrooms. Each room has a patient lift, dialysis hook-up, patient wardrobe and individual supply station.

The new nine-bed ARU, which will be primarily used for cardiac cath and interventional radiology patients, allows for procedures such as cardioversion to be done at the bedside.

Douglas’ new cafeteria has e​​​xpanded seating, a private physician dining room and a new menu, including a grill with rotating specials, an expanded salad bar and a yogurt machine.

“This project is an important step forward for our hospital and the services we provide our community,” said Craig Owens, senior vice president and WellStar Douglas Hospital president. “The new ICU and subsequent ED expansion fulfill our commitment to keeping the patient and family at the center of all we do.”