WellStar Health System is giving Paulding County much more than a new hospital.
WellStar’s board of directors had allocated $100 million to replace the current WellStar Paulding Hospital with a new facility on property at Bill Carruth Parkway and U.S. 278 but now has added $39.5 million more to expand its efforts to serve the community’s needs better.
The revised Paulding Health Park project now will include a second physicians building, more and enhanced specialties and additional state-of-the-art equipment.
“Two things we realized early on was that it would cost more than $100 million and that the original project was not everything it could be,” said Mark Haney, WellStar Paulding Hospital administrator and WellStar senior vice president of real estate and construction. Merely adding physicians and a new hospital “can’t really improve the health of the community,” he said. The board also decided it would be wise “to develop programs around specialty lines.”
The recent construction of rural clinics means more convenient access for residents, but questions linger about whether the small towns can support the building boom.
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