Northside Cherokee expands emergency and radiology services, adds two more patient floors

Northside Cherokee

Northside Hospital Cherokee has completed the latest major expansion of its facilities and services. 

In November, the Canton hospital completed the final phases of its newly expanded emergency department and radiology services, and opened two floors atop the hospital’s main patient tower. 

Billy Hayes, CEO of Northside Hospital Cherokee, said that the projects add more beds and greater patient access to high quality care for the community and the region. 

“Our continued expansion of the hospital and its services are a direct reflection of our commitment to our community,” said Mr. Hayes. “With this latest expansion, our 10-year growth plan was completed in a little more than four years.” 

According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, Cherokee County has grown rapidly over the past 15 years and is now the sixth largest county in the Atlanta region. That growth is certainly reflected at Northside Hospital Cherokee. 

Nearly 60,000 patients visit the Northside Cherokee emergency department each year. The expanded emergency department features 22 new treatment rooms to meet future growth, and a redesigned entrance and lobby, with a “Fast Track” that streamlines patients with less severe injuries (once triaged) to a registered nurse, physician assistant or nurse practitioner, making their visit easier and faster. 

More space in the adjacent radiology department allows select imaging services, including X-ray and computed tomography (CT), to be dedicated to emergency patients. While a new, dedicated interventional radiology suite frees up the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab for patients experiencing heart attacks. 

The hospital’s new ninth and tenth floors add 53 inpatient beds, increasing the hospital’s total beds to 211, and serves patients receiving oncology, pulmonary, renal and general medical/surgical services. 

As the new Northside Hospital Cherokee nears its fifth anniversary in May 2022, the campus has seen tremendous growth. 

Mr. Hayes said that more people are moving into the area, and more patients are choosing Northside Hospital Cherokee for their health care. 

“Northside Hospital Cherokee looks forward to the continued expansion of access and diversity of services for our community,” said Mr. Hayes. 

In 2022, Northside Cherokee will open four more operating rooms (ORs), increasing the total number of ORs on the Canton campus to 19, and will begin construction on a third cardiac catheterization lab. 

The Northside Hospital system is one of Georgia’s leading health care providers, with five acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville, Duluth, Atlanta, Canton and Cumming, and more than 250 outpatient locations across the state. Throughout Cherokee, patients have access to Northside providers and specialty services, including cancer care, cardiovascular care, maternity and women’s services, sports medicine and orthopedics, weight management, rehabilitation, pediatric and adult imaging, primary care, urgent care, and other specialty care services.


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