April 17, 2013
Media Contact: Rebecca Sylvester, 706.828.2394 or Erica Cline, 706.828.2225
Construction Begins on New University Hospital McDuffie
THOMSON, Ga. – A ground-breaking ceremony for the new University Hospital McDuffie was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at the site of the new hospital, 2460 Washington Road, NE, Thomson, Ga.
This new, $30 million facility will replace the aging University Hospital McDuffie in downtown Thomson with a state-of-the-art hospital capable of caring for 25 inpatients, with the possibility of expanding to 100 inpatients in the future. The new facility is centrally located near Interstate 20, giving residents of McDuffie County and the surrounding region a more easily accessible option for all their healthcare needs.
Expected to be complete in September-October 2014, the new University Hospital McDuffie will include 68,000 square feet of space and in addition to the 25 private inpatient rooms, feature three innovative operating rooms and an expansive Emergency Department with trauma and cardiac rooms, standard exam rooms and an area for non-critical, fast track care. There will be a lighted heliport outside the ED, an imaging department with a CT scanner and an onsite lab.
The groundbreaking was attended by nearly 200 people, including local community and hospital leaders such as University Health Care System President and CEO James R. Davis, University Hospital McDuffie CEO Sandra McVicker, Thomson Mayor Ken Usry and William Doupe, the former chairman of the Hospital Authority of McDuffie County and the current chairman of the board of University Hospital McDuffie.
“A new hospital will complement our tremendous local medical staff and will give them the opportunity to practice their medicine in a state of the art facility,” Mr. Doupe said during his remarks at the groundbreaking. “Also, with our population aging, it is extremely important that we maintain a viable, high-quality hospital close to home for our care.
“Clearly, keeping a hospital in McDuffie County will save lives and is a public safety priority.”
Mr. Davis, who spearheaded the efforts for the creation of a new McDuffie hospital, said the facility was a priority for himself, as well as other members of University Health Care System.
“We stand by our commitment to invest in this community,” he said. “University has served McDuffie County patients for many years. We look forward to serving its residents closer to home with a strong health care delivery system we can all be proud of.”