Tuesday, April 15, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SNELLVILLE - Emory Eastside Medical Center announced Monday plans for an estimated $100 million expansion that officials say will help alleviate the shortage of patient hospital beds in the county.
Hospital chief executive officer Kim Ryan said, among other additions, the expansion will increase patient capacity by up to 72 additional patient beds. The Snellville-based facility currently has 200 beds.
The expansion is in the "pre-design" phase, according to officials. No completion date has been announced.
Other projects include a new patient entrance in the rear of the hospital, expansion of the hospital's acute care tower, additional parking, and a third medical office building.
The specific allocation of specialty beds within the expansion is yet to be determined, according to hospital spokeswoman Sheila Adcock. A Certificate of Need is expected to be filed with the Georgia Department of Community Health in early autumn.
The hospital announced earlier this year plans to add ten surgical beds to cater to the needs of orthopedic, joint replacement and spinal injury patients. An application with the state is currently in the approval process.