HCS446 Facility Planning
Instructor Diana Schilling
April 1, 2013
Effingham Hospital has served the Effingham County community since 1969, renovated its emergency room facilities in 1992, and is in the finishing process of expanding their medical facility in the Springfield area. Effingham Hospital’s vision is to make a medical center for challenging health issues and those that are most often seen in the area to include the following: Cardiac problems, including shortness of breath and heart attacks, Injuries from automobile, snowmobile, motorcycle and other vehicular accidents, Injuries as the result of falls, Broken bones or other Orthopedic problems that result from minor or serious accidents, Playground, athletic, workplace and school related injuries, Asthma and other breathing emergencies, Severe pain and/or bleeding, Poisoning, Acute psychiatric problems or emotional distress, Acute episodes of chronic disease or illness, and Injuries caused by domestic or other types of violence. The project calls for new admitting, emergency, surgery, laboratory and imaging departments. In addition, it also includes renovation to existing space that would provide a secure Alzheimer's unit. These new medical facilities are known as Effingham’s New Vision for Healthcare. This paper will discuss the second facility expansion that Effingham will make. Emergency and Urgent Care Facility
Since the 1990s, Effingham's population has more than doubled in size and as the community continues to grow, so does the hospital. “The Georgia Department of Public Health designated Effingham Health System as a Level IV Trauma Center, one of only four in the state. A Level IV trauma center provides initial trauma and life-saving care, transferring patients to a higher level of trauma care only if necessary. Effingham Health System’s Level IV trauma center is a critical component of the overall trauma system in Southeast Georgia” (Effingham...