WellStar Paulding Hospital has expanded, doubling the number of beds from 56 to 112. By adding two floors, the hospital expanded by nearly 50,000 square feet. All patient beds are in private rooms.
“Paulding County continues to be one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia,” said Mark Haney, president of WellStar Paulding Hospital. “As a not-for-profit, WellStar is committed to meeting our community’s needs with an excellent team, a healing environment and innovative technology. And of course, our team does it all with a neighborly touch.”
Since the new 295,000 square foot Paulding Hospital opened on April 1, 2014, it has become a destination for patients to receive world-class healthcare. The hospital far exceeded its projections for patients served in its first year, causing leadership to start planning and fundraising for the $14 million expansion right away. Since moving to its new location, the hospital has had more than 244,000 patient visits to the emergency department, the inpatient floors, the operating rooms and imaging department.
The new floors are based on the original hospital plans which were a result of world-wide research. The goal was to design the safest hospital in the world. New multi-disciplinary committees validated those designs, making minor tweaks to improve efficiencies, safety and comfort on the new floors.
For example, nurses gave input to ensure a better ergonomic position when reaching for the bar on the patient room doors. Also, patients in hospital gowns helped test recliners to ensure comfort.
The expansion has created more than 100 full time equivalent positions, allowing the hospital to hire 124 new team members.
Construction began in January, taking eight and half months to complete. It was funded with help from generous donors from the Paulding community to the WellStar Foundation. Naming opportunities still remain for hospital rooms on the new floors. To learn more or to make a personal contribution, visit wellstar.org/give or call 770-956-GIVE (4483).
About WellStar Health System
WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments. For more information, visit wellstar.org.