Specialty hospital opens in Columbus Wednesday

Press Release

COLUMBUS, GA - Columbus Specialty Hospital will host a grand opening on September 1 to commemorate the renovation and expansion of the long-term care acute hospital.

The dedication ceremony is set to begin at 1 p.m. on the 10th floor of The Medical Center, followed by a tour of the facility.

Columbus Specialty Hospital, which operates as a separate entity within The Medical Center, currently occupies the ninth floor and has expanded its space to include the tenth floor.

This $4.4 million expansion will increase Columbus Specialty Hospital's number of beds from 30 to 50, including 40 private rooms and 10 high-observation rooms. While the two floors were renovated by The Medical Center, Columbus Specialty Hospital will continue to lease the space.

Greg Thomsen, chief executive officer of Columbus Specialty Hospital, said this expansion will allow his team to enhance the care for the patients they serve. "With our new and improved facility, we will be able to offer private rooms to each of our patients," said Thomsen. "We believe this will create a more comfortable setting for the patient to heal." 

Columbus Specialty Hospital, one of 15 long-term acute care hospitals in Georgia, serves patients living within a 100-mile radius of Columbus.

Long-term acute care hospitals typically care for patients with medically complex conditions, respiratory failure or serious pulmonary disorders, neurological disorders, post trauma injuries and complex wounds.

These patients transfer from an acute-care setting, such as The Medical Center or a similar hospital, and usually require care for more than 25 days.

Established in 2003, Columbus Specialty Hospital is governed by its own board of directors and employs 100 employees, including three medical directors who specialize in respiratory, medically complex and low-tolerance rehabilitation services. The hospital's medical staff is comprised of 90 credentialed physicians.

Source: Columbus Regional Healthcare System