Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Medical Center Plans $33 Million Addition; Brunswick Facility to Serve Outpatients

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Medical Center Plans $33 Million Addition; Brunswick Facility to Serve Outpatients

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Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer

BRUNSWICK -- Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center plans to build a $33 million, five-story addition in the next two years for outpatient surgery, diabetes treatment and other services, hospital officials announced yesterday.

The new structure will be built atop a helipad and will be connected to the main hospital by a 36,000-square-foot "medical mall" containing rental and retail space, food services, massage therapy and a pharmacy, said Gary R. Colberg, president and chief executive officer of the Southeast Georgia Health System.

"It will allow us to have one-stop shopping," Colberg said, and will end the mixing of outpatients and those who have been admitted. In consolidating radiology, surgery, therapy and diagnostics in a single, easily accessible location, those using outpatient services will no longer have to endure long walks and waits in the main hospital, he said.

"It allows patients not to come inside the hospital," he said. "If you have a cane, crutch or walker, you have to hobble your way all the way through the building."

The services and facilities to be provided include:

-- Outpatient rehabilitation

-- A diabetes center

-- A wound care center

-- Outpatient oncology

-- An outpatient laboratory

-- X-ray and other imaging services

-- A women's center

-- An outpatient surgery center

All those services will be on the first two floors. The 65,000 square feet on the third, fourth and fifth floors will be leased out as physicians' offices, allowing doctors to walk as little as one floor down in emergencies, Colberg said.

"We're looking forward to the convenience of having physicians on our campus," he said.

Colberg acknowledged that he has no firm number of physicians willing to lease office space from the hospital, but said a survey shows many are interested.

The upper floors of the new building also will have what Colberg called timeshare offices that out-of-town specialists can lease for use when they come to Brunswick to practice. …

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