COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - St. Francis Hospital is about to get bigger and better with a newly approved expansion project. Hospital officials say it will bring more jobs and better service to the area.
Hospital President and CEO, Robert Granger, tells us these are all big steps in the right direction, "We're committed to bringing world class healthcare to Columbus and we need a world class facility to do that."
Just last week, St. Francis announced they have plans to start delivering babies at the hospital and now this week, the hospital got the go-ahead for a major expansion.
And that's exactly what they're getting. St. Francis Hospital just received word from the Georgia Department of Community Health that they have the go-ahead for a $110 million addition.
"The physicians and nurses are thrilled to be able to know that in a year or two they will have a state of the art facility in Columbus, Georgia," Granger explained.
Construction will add more than 300,000 square feet with a new clinical tower and the addition of 248 private rooms.
Granger told News Leader Nine, "It will be an all private room facility. You will no longer have a roommate when you come to St. Francis. We'll be the only full service hospital in the community that has all private rooms."
Granger adds another part of the new building will be dedicated to a cardiovascular surgical unit, "That's going to allow us to expand our cardiac services and bring some procedures to town that historically folks drive to Atlanta for."
CEO Granger says everyone at the hospital is anxiously awaiting the addition and can't wait to start helping more patients, "We'll have a completely brand new, rebuilt facility, as good as new and ready to serve the community for the next three to four generations."
We're told this project should take about 18 months to complete. Ground will be broken on the brand new facility this summer and construction should be complete by the first of 2012.