(Carrollton, GA) – After almost five months of delays, the public is finally going to get a first look at the new emergency department and surgical services unit at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton.
The public will be invited to tour the new expansion on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free parking is available in the Clinic Avenue Parking Deck on campus, adjacent to the new emergency department.
Originally scheduled for August, the open house was put off indefinitely when a fire suppression line in the newly constructed emergency department ruptured, releasing about 12,000 gallons of water into the new unit.
The ruptured line left two inches of standing water in the new emergency department and damaged drywall, doors, cabinets and more throughout the space which had not yet begun to serve patients.
During the renovation, about 70 cabinets, 110 doors and about 35,000 square feet of flooring were replaced. The entire 35,000-square-foot space also received a fresh coat of paint since much of the drywall in that area was replaced after being damaged by the water.
Most of the clinical equipment was spared from damage—including the new on-unit diagnostic imaging equipment, such as the digital X-ray, CT and ultrasound equipment. However, all the beds in the new 40-bed emergency department had to be replaced since exposure to water voided their warranties. Some computer equipment also had to be replaced.
“We’re very excited that we will soon be able to make this new space available to our patients,” said Loy Howard, president and CEO of Tanner Health System. “All of us are touched by the need for emergency care at some point in our lives, if not for ourselves then for someone we know. This new unit features the latest design and state-of-the-art features that will allow us to make emergency care accessible for residents in our region for generations to come.