Cartersville Medical Center seeks to consolidate, expand and renovate its cardiac services through a $4 million project. The hospital has filed a certificate of need application with the Georgia Department of Community Health for the renovation project with an estimated cost of $3,993,515.
According to the application, the proposed project involves three of the hospital’s cardiology department: the cardiac catheterization lab, the stress test lab and the echocardiography room. CMC operates one cardiac cath lab located on the first floor of the hospital. The stress lab and echo room are located on an inpatient unit on the third flood of the hospital and occupy three patient rooms, which are needed by CMC due to growth in its inpatient utilization up to 72% in 2017.
CMC plans to consolidate the three areas to the first floor of the hospital and add a second bi-plane cardiac cath lab and an additional stress lab, which if needed, could be used as a holding area for patients awaiting a cardiac cath procedure. The new bi-plane technology will allow the hospital and its physicians to provide electrophysiology (EP) studies and a wider array of interventional services, inclduing neuroradiology services.
To accommodate the second cath lab, stress labs and echo room on the first flood, CMC will relocate the hospital’s pharmacy to the ground floor, which will necessitate the relocation of its IT&S offices, a corridor portion of Materials Management and storage areas. The IT&S offices would move to an adjacent medical office building.
The project involves renovating approximately 3,960 square feet on the first floor and 3,013 square feet on the the ground floor. In addition, 1,200 square feet of new space will be constructed on the first floor, adjacent to the cardiology department. Of the total estimated cost of nearly $4 million, construction costs account for $2,395,500 of the total. CMC will fund the project through an intra-company loan from HCA, its parent company.
A decision is expected within the next 60 to 120 days.