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ER expansions at Coliseum hospitals include a new helipad, more jobs

A section of the Coliseum Medical Centers’ parking lot on Coliseum Drive in Macon was blocked off Tuesday with temporary fencing. The hospital is expanding its emergency room and adding a helipad.
A section of the Coliseum Medical Centers’ parking lot on Coliseum Drive in Macon was blocked off Tuesday with temporary fencing. The hospital is expanding its emergency room and adding a helipad. jvorhees@macon.com

Renovations are underway at Coliseum Medical Centers and Coliseum Northside Hospital that will add more space to the emergency rooms — and more employees.

The work at Coliseum Medical Centers also includes installing a new helipad that will cut the transport time for patients from a helicopter into the hospital.

“We have seen an increase in the number of patients seeking emergency care at Coliseum Medical Centers and Coliseum Northside Hospital,” Dr. John Shivdat, the medical director of emergency medicine at Coliseum Medical Centers, said in an email. “We are doing these expansions to ensure that we can continue to provide efficient and high quality service as more people seek care at our hospitals. ... We recognize that to better care for our community, we need to provide more space.”

The ER expansion at the hospital on Coliseum Drive will add five additional exam rooms to bring the total to 29 rooms, said Todd Dixon, the COO of Coliseum Medical Centers.

Construction began the first of this month, and it is expected to last through May 2018.

“During the construction phase, normal hospital operations will not be affected,” Dixon said. “A section of the parking lot has been blocked off as constructions begins, and so we have temporarily lost parking spots.”

Employees have been asked to park in the Macon Coliseum lot during the construction so patients and visitors have better access to the ER.

The helipad, which will be located immediately across from the current ambulance entrance, will help patients transported by helicopter to receive medical attention quicker.

Currently, helicopters have to land off site, where an ambulance meets it and the patient is transferred to the ambulance, which then goes to the hospital.

At Coliseum Northside Hospital, the ER expansion will add an additional 2,400 square feet to the existing ER, adding six low-acuity beds and space for support functions, said Pat D’Errico, the CEO and chief nursing officer.

“Fortunately, the majority of the project will have little to no effect on access to the hospital,” she said. “The construction will be taking place behind the existing ER, minimally impacting or altering the current space. The ER entrance will remain in place and open throughout the project.”

The expansions will allow the Coliseum Medical Centers to add about 13 nursing and nursing support positions. The number of new employees at Coliseum Northside has not yet been determined, but it is expected to be about eight positions.

Job seekers can apply now at coliseumhealthsystem.com/careers.

Linda S. Morris: 478-744-4223, @MidGaBiz

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