Monroe Co. hospital revamp expected to begin in July

The Monroe County Hospital will see new changes once approved by the state / Evan Watson (WGXA)

MONROE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Monroe County Hospital Authority has a plan of how they will spend new taxpayer money to revamp the hospital.

An architect with Navicent Health is redesigning the downstairs of the hospital to create a new workflow.

This will centralize the area and allow nurses to tend to ER and inpatient care more effectively.

The hospital is shrinking to less than 10 inpatient beds while keeping the six ER rooms.

Hospital authority chairman Tony Ussery said they will also upgrade equipment.

"Basically there'll be a centralized nursing area that will be able to attend to all the patients in the hospital, both ER and inpatient," Ussery said. "So literally what you ought to see when you walk in the hospital is a totally new design and totally new renovated look."

The hospital authority will approve the new plans and send them to the state for approval.

Ussery said the taxpayer money should be available in July and he hopes they can finish the hospital revamp by the end of 2017.

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