Piedmont Newnan Hospital broke ground Wednesday morning for their new South Tower on their campus on Poplar Road.
The tower is expected to be completed in spring 2024, and is Piedmont’s largest investment on the Poplar Road campus since moving there in 2012. At the time, the hospital was a 136-bed hospital.
The new tower will initially consist of three floors that will connect to the hospital, and the structure is designed to support a five-floor addition in the future.
As part of the expansion, the hospital will add another 50 beds, increasing their bed count from 167 to 217 licensed hospital beds.
Mike Robertson, CEO of Piedmont Newnan called it a rare opportunity for growth and expansion, calling it “really special.”
“We’re really thankful for Piedmont Healthcare looking at our community and allowing us to continue to grow and serve our community locally,” Robertson said.
Robertson said that in one year’s time, the expansion will take care of an additional 4,314 patients. He stressed that in 10 years, that would mean over 43,000 more patients taken care of.
“The potential impact of that, friends, family, church members, kids, aunts, uncles, all those people that come visit those patients, we estimate that to be, in 10 years, 539,250 people will come through those doors,” Robertson said . “So you see the magnitude of the impression that this will make on our community.”
In addition to the 50 new beds, Robertson said that the hospital’s Post-Acute Care Unit will be expanded as part of the South Tower expansion.
During the presentation, Robertson spoke of the importance of getting the 50 additional beds.
“We can’t get these beds fast enough,” Robertson said. “We’re looking at spring of ’24, 50 beds, we’ve got 37 patients in the ER waiting on beds right now. So, think of it, if we opened it today, we’d fill 37 of those beds right away. It can’t come soon enough.”
Vicki Kaiser, COO of Piedmont Newnan, spoke of how important the new expansion would be for Piedmont Newnan Hospital.
“This groundbreaking is a huge milestone for our hospital, and we’re very excited to be providing greater access to Piedmont’s high-quality services to our community,” Kaiser said in a press release. “We appreciate everyone who joined us to celebrate as we welcome this much needed expansion to our hospital’s campus.”
On Wednesday morning, Kaiser said that the hospital has invested almost $300 million in capital at the site, dating back to when the hospital moved from its old location on Hospital Road to the current site on Poplar Road.
“As a leader of this hospital, I am very proud of our team and our commitment to serve this community,” Kaiser said.