|Artist conceptual drawing of new hospital|
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners recently selected Culpepper Construction of Thomasville as the construction manager to oversee the $10 million renovation of the Weems Memorial Hospital project. Now that the contract is in place, hospital officials say the design process will be finalized and groundbreaking for the new facility is expected by the end of the year with an anticipated completion date projected for 2017.
The proposed plan calls for the replacement of the emergency department, radiology suite and inpatient nursing unit. The new facility will be constructed on the eastern side of the Hospital and include 10-12 private inpatient rooms with individual shower and restrooms, an emergency department with triage, four exam rooms and a radiology suite with CT and radiology/fluoroscopy rooms. Procedure services will remain in the existing location with some cosmetic upgrades. Also remaining in the existing facility will be pharmacy, laboratory, respiratory, physical therapy and dietary services. An expansion of physical therapy to include outpatient physical therapy is planned in the existing space.