Permit issued for new Good Samaritan

9/26/12 — Greensboro, Ga. – St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital on Monday received a land disturbance permit to begin major grading on the site of the new replacement Good Samaritan Hospital on Lake Oconee Parkway.

The permit, granted by the Greene County Building, Planning and Zoning Department, allows contractors to grade, fill and level the hospital site and its accompanying driveways and utility corridors.

According to Project Manager Earle Whittington of Collins Project Management, construction trailers have already been set up on the site. In addition, construction manager Brasfield & Gorrie on Monday filed a Notice of Intent with the state of Georgia to begin construction. During the state’s 14-day review period for the notice, contractors will install and inspect erosion control measures and move heavy equipment onto the property. Site work is expected to begin shortly after the state approves the Notice of Intent.

“Currently we are negotiating agreements with our primary contractors for site work, concrete and steel, and we are on-target with lining up subcontractors for everything from electrical to interior design,” said Whittington. “Earl Architects is on schedule with creating final designs for the hospital, so if the weather cooperates, we expect to begin pouring the foundations for the first of the hospital’s three wings by the end of the year.”

The two-story, 75,000-square-foot Critical Access Hospital is being built on Lake Oconee Parkway between Carey Station Road and Westlake Road. While grading will affect areas in and around the hospital’s “footprint”, St. Mary’s leaders are working to preserve the natural beauty of portions of the 24-acre site that aren’t needed for actual construction.

“We are creating a beautiful building for state-of-the-art healing, and our goal is to incorporate as many natural elements of this scenic area into our site as possible,” said Montez Carter, Good Samaritan Hospital interim president. “Preserving as much of the character of the site as we can is part of our mission to be a good steward of our natural resources.”

Procuring a land disturbance permit was the first major milestone after breaking ground on Aug. 16 in a ceremony attended by more than 300 people. At the end of that ceremony, Good Samaritan board members unveiled concept drawings by Earl Architects of Greenville, S.C., that show a state-of-the-art hospital intended to create a relaxing healing environment. Planned features and services include:
• all private rooms with telemetric patient monitoring
• 24/7 emergency services with additional patient care rooms for increased capacity
• advanced imaging, including digital mammography, x-ray, MRI and the only 64-slice CT scanner in the tri-county area
• multiple surgical suites with state-of-the-art technology
• rehabilitative services, including physical, occupational and speech-language therapy and a swing bed program for extended inpatient rehab care
• cardiac diagnostics, including stress testing and vascular imaging
• telemedicine for instant consultations with medical experts in emergencies such as stroke
• enhanced visitor and staff accommodations, including a larger chapel and full-service cafeteria
• sleep disorders and laboratory services, and
• enhanced medical services in cooperation with area physicians.

St. Mary’s and its parent organization, Catholic Health East, are covering construction costs for the new replacement hospital, estimated to be approximately $40 million. The costs of furnishing and equipping the new hospital will be funded by the generous support of private donors throughout the community. The hospital is on track to open by early 2014.

Also in the coming weeks, construction manager Brasfield & Gorrie will install a webcam that will provide live views via the Internet of grading and construction at the site. Area residents can also view photos and get construction updates at Good Samaritan’s website, www.stmarysgoodsam.org.

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