Tift Regional Medical Center breaks ground on £120m ER/inpatient tower in US

WCN Editorial Team 11 Jun 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) has broken ground on a new $152m (£119.7m) expansion project in South Central Georgia, US.

TRMC, a 181-bed regional referral hospital located in Tifton at 901 East 18th Street, will now be expanded to include new, four-storey tower on 18th Street. The project will feature a new emergency centre (EC) and inpatient units.

Additionally, Tift has unveiled the will name the overall system of care as ‘Southwell’.

TRMC president/CEO Christopher Dorman said that the Cook Medical Center and the system’s 25 physician practices will now be linked together with the brand name Southwell.

Dorman noted: “We recently restructured as a non-for-profit entity in order to grow our services and expand our geographic footprint.

“We just have a new system name to connect all our services together. Tift Regional Medical Center will remain Tift Regional Medical Center, but it is now an important hub of the Southwell family of services.”

Southwell board of directors chairman Jimmy Allen said that the expansion at TRMC is intended to meet the growing medical needs of the region.

“The first floor of the new tower will be our new emergency center. Our current ER was originally designed to accommodate about 20,000 patients per year; we currently see close to 50,000 patients per year. That is how fast we are growing. The new expansion will help enhance the emergency care we provide for the community.”

The new approximately 263,000ft² tower's second, third and fourth levels will be inpatient units, including a new location for the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Allen further said: “The project will also include some renovations to the current facility to make a seamless connection to the new building, dramatically changing the main entrance of the hospital."

The project is backed by the USDA Rural Development Program, which is providing financing for 60% of the project with a bridge loan through TD Bank.

Perkins & Will is the architectural designers for the project, while the project manager is Adams Management Services. JE Dunn and Jones Construction serve as the general contractors.

Image: Officials from Tift among others during ER/inpatient tower ground breaking ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Tift Regional Medical Center.

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