St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital of Greensboro, Ga., has completed a $40 million, 25-bed replacement hospital. The new critical access hospital opened Nov. 25.
The facility has all private patient rooms, an emergency department, three surgical suites and two rehabilitation gyms. It also has more capabilities than the 64-year-old facility it replaced — it has technological connectivity in all departments, including remote telemetry that enables staff to monitor patients' vital signs from anywhere in the hospital.
Montez Carter, president of St. Mary's Good Samaritan, said the old campus was "too small to meet modern needs, (lacked) the infrastructure required to support today's technology and could not be upgraded sufficiently to meet patient expectations for quality and comfort." The previous campus, about 9 miles away, was too small to accommodate new construction.
St. Mary's Good Samaritan is conducting an $8 million fundraising campaign to equip the hospital with additional capabilities, including nuclear medicine. The hospital is more than 80 percent of the way to that goal. Greene County, Ga., philanthropists Dick and Wendy O'Toole recently donated $1 million toward the campaign. Wendy O'Toole is a volunteer with the hospital's auxiliary.
St. Mary's Good Samaritan is part of St. Mary's Health Care System of Athens, Ga., which belongs to CHE Trinity Health of Livonia, Mich. The St. Mary's system had promised to build the replacement hospital when it acquired the Greensboro facility from Saint Joseph's Health System of Atlanta in 2012. Saint Joseph's also is a member of CHE Trinity Health.
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