Posted on: December 21, 2016
CUMMING, Ga. — The Northside Hospital Forsyth campus has added three new floors, including two patient floors to accommodate surgical and oncology patient needs. The project brings the hospital’s inpatient bed count to 247 (previously 231) and the total number of beds, including observation, to 325.
The hospital, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive in Cumming, now stands at eight floors, making it the tallest building in the county, said Lynn Jackson, Northside Hospital Forsyth administrator.
“Our Forsyth campus has continued to grow ever since Northside bought this hospital in 2002,” Jackson said. “We’re proud to be able to accommodate the future needs of this growing community and to provide our patients with the latest in health care innovations.”
The 77,975-square-foot, $30 million expansion, added a seventh floor to care for patients undergoing cancer treatment and an eighth floor that serves post-surgical needs. Rooms feature adjustable tables, walk-in showers, family-friendly seating, safe boxes and even a hand rail bar along the wall to prevent slips. The sixth-floor serves as the hospital’s heating and air-conditioning and is not accessible to patients.
The unit’s personnel, from nurses to aides, were part of the decision process, Jackson said. They provided feedback as to what would make a patient’s time in the unit less stressful.
“When they get to make a difference in making that decision, they can take that enthusiasm and put it into the care of their patients,” Jackson said.
Niti Patel, manager of oncology services at Northside Hospital Forsyth, said she’s excited about a multipurpose activity room with a weight bench and a full-length mirror to aid in neuro-oncology treatment.
“The Gamma Knife is housed at this campus and we have a higher population of neuro patients, so we tailored a lot of our services,” Patel said. “We can provide everything right here.”
Northside Hospital Forsyth’s growth is not slowing. In early December, the hospital filed a Certificate of Need with the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Office of Health Planning to convert 37 existing observation beds to medical/surgical beds. The conversion could bring the total inpatient bed count to 284. The proposal would also expand and renovate the Northside Hospital Forsyth cafeteria and dining room.
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