Posted on: April 26, 2017
On May 6, Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton, GA will officially relocate to 450 Northside Cherokee Boulevard and open the doors of the 440,000 square foot replacement hospital to patients from the northwest metro Atlanta area and beyond. The new hospital will replace the existing Northside Hospital Cherokee facility located at 201 Hospital Road.
“We are thrilled to begin treating patients at the new Northside Hospital Cherokee,” said Billy Hayes, CEO of Northside Hospital Cherokee. “In addition to providing Cherokee and surrounding communities with exceptional patient care, the new hospital will serve as an economic engine for the region, employing 1,700 individuals, generating 300 new jobs, and encouraging destination treatment.”
Systematic patient and staff transitions by department will begin with the closure of the current hospital’s emergency department at 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. At that time, all people with emergent care needs should go directly to the new Northside Hospital Cherokee facility at 450 Northside Cherokee Boulevard.
Also at 5 a.m., hospital staff will begin transitioning current patients and accepting new patients at the new hospital. Patients who are moving with the hospital will receive specific instructions from their care team about their transfer. Patients scheduling regular visits, outpatient or elective procedures at the current hospital should contact their physicians’ offices with any questions regarding their upcoming appointments and report to the new location after May 6.
On May 6, admitted patients will be transported to the new hospital via ambulance and monitored by paramedic teams during transit. The hospital has contracted with MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service to move patients. Northside Hospital doctors and registered nurses will be available at all times and stationed at both locations until transition completion. It’s expected that all patients will be settled in their new rooms by the evening hours on May 6. Family members and friends are asked to wait until the evening on Saturday before visiting loved ones at the new hospital, if possible.
“The safety and comfort of patients, visitors and staff are Northside’s highest priorities,” said Katie Pearson, director of operations at Northside Hospital Cherokee. “To help ensure a smooth transition, our transition team developed a minute-by-minute schedule for the move with safeguards in place to ensure patient safety and wellbeing and cause the least amount of disruption as possible.”
Planning and construction for the Northside Hospital Cherokee replacement hospital has been 12 years in the making. The current facility was built in the 1960s and as Cherokee County and surrounding communities have continued to grow, so too have the healthcare needs of the region.
The Northside Hospital Cherokee replacement campus includes the hospital, a medical office building that opened in early January, and more than 1,650 parking spaces on a 50-acre complex – just a part of 300 total acres set aside. The new hospital will open with 105 inpatient beds and more than twice the square footage as the current hospital.
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