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WellStar shows off new hospital to Paulding chamber
by Tom Spigolon
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Hospital chaplain Carol Robinson talks about the new chapel.
Hospital chaplain Carol Robinson talks about the new chapel.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Paulding Chamber President Carolyn Wright, left, and Chamber Chairman Don Barbour, right, smile with Cindy and Calvin Thompson of Thompson Grading, sponsors of the Chamber's monthly meeting.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Paulding Chamber President Carolyn Wright, left, and Chamber Chairman Don Barbour, right, smile with Cindy and Calvin Thompson of Thompson Grading, sponsors of the Chamber's monthly meeting.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Elizabeth Berrier, a registered nurse and professional development specialist, right, points out the features of the rooms on the fourth floor, such as the in-room computers for caregivers, during a tour of the WellStar Paulding Hospital.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Elizabeth Berrier, a registered nurse and professional development specialist, right, points out the features of the rooms on the fourth floor, such as the in-room computers for caregivers, during a tour of the WellStar Paulding Hospital.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Carol O'Connell, assistant vice president for long-term care and support services, shows the closet in each new hospital room that allows caregivers to add and remove supplies and linens without disturbing the patient.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Carol O'Connell, assistant vice president for long-term care and support services, shows the closet in each new hospital room that allows caregivers to add and remove supplies and linens without disturbing the patient.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Each of the eight intensive care rooms on the fourth floor of the WellStar Paulding Hospital has a ceiling lift and an extra wide entrance, which are just a few of the advanced features of the hospital.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Each of the eight intensive care rooms on the fourth floor of the WellStar Paulding Hospital has a ceiling lift and an extra wide entrance, which are just a few of the advanced features of the hospital.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Members of the Paulding Chamber and hospital staff view an operating room during a tour of the WellStar Paulding Hospital. The operating rooms, like the rest of the hospital, have many advanced features.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Members of the Paulding Chamber and hospital staff view an operating room during a tour of the WellStar Paulding Hospital. The operating rooms, like the rest of the hospital, have many advanced features.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Attendees of the Paulding Chamber's monthly meeting filled the brightly lit lobby and cafe of the new WellStar Paulding Hospital last week.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Attendees of the Paulding Chamber's monthly meeting filled the brightly lit lobby and cafe of the new WellStar Paulding Hospital last week.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>From left, Paulding Chamber Chairman Don Barbour, Chamber President Carolyn Wright and Hospital President Mark Haney smile in the lobby of the new WellStar Paulding Hospital.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
From left, Paulding Chamber Chairman Don Barbour, Chamber President Carolyn Wright and Hospital President Mark Haney smile in the lobby of the new WellStar Paulding Hospital.
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WellStar Paulding Hospital President Mark Haney speaks during the Paulding Chamber’s monthly meeting last week.
WellStar Paulding Hospital President Mark Haney speaks during the Paulding Chamber’s monthly meeting last week.
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WellStar Paulding Hospital still lacked finishing touches but it did not stop officials from showing off the facility to those attending the monthly Paulding Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week.

About 400 attended the chamber’s monthly Georgia Power lunch, which included tours of the nearly-finished facility scheduled to open April 1.

Hospital president Mark Haney said the hospital staff worked to “think outside the box” in designing the new hospital, which is the first hospital built from the ground up by WellStar.

He said teams of care providers practiced in mock-ups in the county government administration building to ensure the design would be the most efficient and effective for patient care.

“This hospital has been a team design,” Haney said.

In addition, Georgia Tech occupational safety experts and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration worked together on safety features, he said.

Haney also noted the hospital’s state-of-the-art cardiac catherization laboratory will be named for Dr. Harvey Sacks, who has practiced medicine in Paulding County for more than 30 years.

“Harvey was very instrumental in bringing the cath lab to Paulding,” Haney said.

In addition, the hospital’s atrium will be named for Charles and Jeanette Hardy, he said.

The building includes innovative features like 32 miles of subfloor pipes which circulate hot and cold water to help heat and cool the facility, thereby reducing energy costs, he said.

The 295,000-square-foot facility at Bill Carruth Parkway and U.S. Hwy. 278 will replace the existing WellStar Paulding Hospital building, which dates to 1998. The hospital began operations in 1958 as Paulding Memorial Hospital before WellStar took control of it in 1994.

The new hospital will include 56 licensed beds, all in private rooms. The emergency department will include 40 exam rooms, including 10 dedicated to pediatric care and five rooms solely for behavioral health.

Donors have rooms named for them, including the Dr. John and Glenda Covington Room, the Wadsworth Room, named for Sue and John Wadsworth of Hamby’s Commercial Waste Inc. and the Hamby Room, also named for the Wadsworths’ company.

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