Cartersville Medical Center has plans to expand the North Tower of the hospital to add 20 short-stay general hospital beds, according to a Certificate of Need application filed with the Office of Health Planning in the Georgia Department of Community Health.
According to the application, CMC is proposing to expand its facility and add a fourth and fifth floor to its North Tower. The fourth floor will be a build-out for 20 new medical/surgical beds, which will increase the hospital’s total number of CON-approved beds to 139. The fifth floor will be designated for support space, including general storage/materials management. In addition, CMC’s Central Sterile will be expanded. To accommodate the expansion of Central Sterile, CMC will add approximately 5,000 square feet of new construction and renovate over 6,000 square feet. Central Sterile will be partially expanded into adjacent space that is currently occupied by the hospital’s smallest operating room, which will reduce the hospital’s operating room capacity by one. In addition, as part of the Central Sterile expansion, a new loading dock will be constructed.
In total, the project will include approximately 37,061 square feet of new construction and 6,061 square feet in renovated space. CMC estimates that the total cost for the project will be $29,797,414, of which some $22.8 million will be construction costs. An affiliate with CMC’s parent company, HCA Healthcare, Inc., will fund the project from unrestricted reserves.
A decision on the CON application is expected by July 27, 2020. No opposition to application has been filed at this time.
In the meantime, CMC is appealing the Office of Health Planning’s decision to deny a CON for the addition of a 4-bed Level II Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit at the hospital. CMC had submitted an application last fall for the new unit estimated at $974,905. The proposal was to renovate 2,195 square feet of space in CMC’s labor and delivery area for the new unit. The application was denied on March 24. A hearing for the appeal is scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2020.