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31 March 2014

New Wellstar Hospital Opening in Paulding County April 1st

WellStar Health System will open a new hospital in Hiram, Georgia, 1 April.

The new WellStar Paulding Hospital is an eight-floor, 295,000-square foot facility that will replace the existing 55-year-old Paulding Hospital. The new hospital, and adjoining medical office building, will bring 500 new jobs to the area.

The new WellStar Paulding Hospital will bring expanded patient care space to Paulding County, opening with 56 beds and the ability to expand to 112 beds. It will house four state-of-the-art surgical suites and 40 emergency exam rooms—double that of the current hospital. Additionally, the hospital will provide new services such as a dedicated pediatric emergency department and cardiac catheterization center.

Major technological advancements will provide additional safety features for patients at WellStar Paulding Hospital. New technology, such as UV Air Handlers and a water re-disinfectant system, will ensure that WellStar Paulding Hospital stays on the forefront of infection prevention.

"For more than 50 years, we have cared for our friends and neighbors in Paulding County," said Mark Haney, president of WellStar Paulding Hospital. "While designing the new hospital, we have focused on three areas: family, energy and safety. Each plays a major role in helping patients heal. WellStar Paulding Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that the people of northwest Georgia and Paulding County can be proud of."

During construction, WellStar Paulding Hospital incorporated innovative green technology and building practices. Among these, construction firm Brasfield & Gorrie installed a geothermal heat pump system to heat and cool the building. WellStar Paulding Hospital is the first hospital in Georgia to use this cost saving, efficient and renewable energy source.

"When I think of the new hospital, I stand in awe of how far WellStar has brought healthcare in our community," said Loran Wills, 36-year Paulding County Hospital Authority member. "Paulding County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state and the new hospital not only keeps up with the growth but provides innovative care close to home."

Nursing home residents in Paulding County will get a boost from the new hospital. WellStar Paulding Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a highly regarded and award winning facility, is adjacent to the current hospital. When the new facility opens on 1 April, the nursing center will expand to use much of the existing hospital, transitioning many of the rooms from semi-private to private.