Piedmont Henry Hospital to Build a New Patient Tower

Photo showing Piedmont Henry expansion rendering (Piedmont photo).
Piedmont Henry will be expanding with a new patient tower, to be constructed next to the south entrance. (Piedmont photo)

Piedmont Henry Hospital has received approval from the Piedmont Board of Directors on a $250 million expansion that will transform the hospital’s campus and help care for the citizens of Henry County. The announcement came via a September news release.

Construction is expected to start in early 2024. It should be complete within 2.5 years.

Piedmont Henry Expansion

The project will add a new patient tower with 95 new / additional inpatient rooms. This will increase the hospital to 355 beds. Based on a rendering shared by Piedmont, the new tower will be located next to the south entrance. It will have five stories.

Secondly, plans call for three additional operating rooms, giving the hospital a total of 14. The expansion of the OR will provide more access with shorter wait times for high-end surgical procedures. The extra patient rooms will also help improve wait times in the emergency department, which is one of the busiest in the Piedmont system. Finally, some additional parking will be built.

During construction, there are no expected impacts to patient or visitor access at either the North or South Tower lobbies, or the emergency department. There may be some limited disruption to parking.

A Busy Emergency Room

“We are often at capacity now and this expansion will help us serve our patients, and the community, better,” said David Kent, CEO of Piedmont Henry. “We have grown with Henry County, and we will continue to grow to continue providing world-class, patient-centered care to the communities we serve well into the future.”

In February 2023, the hospital received a level III trauma center designation. This means a surgeon is always available. Piedmont Henry is the only trauma center off the I-75 corridor between Macon and Atlanta. The hospital has also seen an increased number of patients following the closure of Atlanta Medical.

“We take the responsibility of caring for our patients and the residents of this community very seriously,” said Kent. “We’ve made a lot of progress over the past few years. In addition to being designated a Level III Trauma Center, we’ve increased our use of robotic assisted surgery, brought in world-class physicians, and maximized space, both on campus and adjacent, to provide safe, high-quality care. An expansion of this magnitude is the next step for us.”

Featured image shows the Piedmont Henry expansion rendering. Piedmont Healthcare photo.

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