About 400 attended the chamber’s monthly Georgia Power lunch, which included tours of the nearly-finished facility scheduled to open April 1.
Hospital president Mark Haney said the hospital staff worked to “think outside the box” in designing the new hospital, which is the first hospital built from the ground up by WellStar.
He said teams of care providers practiced in mock-ups in the county government administration building to ensure the design would be the most efficient and effective for patient care.
“This hospital has been a team design,” Haney said.
Georgia Tech occupational safety experts and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration worked together on safety features, he said.
Haney also noted the hospital’s state-of-the-art cardiac catherization laboratory will be named for Dr. Harvey Sacks, who has practiced medicine in Paulding County for more than 30 years.
“Harvey was very instrumental in bringing the cath lab to Paulding,” Haney said.
In addition, the hospital’s atrium will be named for Charles and Jeanette Hardy, he said.
The building includes innovative features such as 32 miles of subfloor pipes which circulate hot and cold water to help heat and cool the facility, thereby reducing energy costs, he said.
The 295,000-square-foot facility at Bill Carruth Parkway and U.S. Hwy. 278 will replace the existing WellStar Paulding Hospital building, which dates to 1998. The hospital began operations in 1958 as Paulding Memorial Hospital before WellStar took control of it in 1994.
The new hospital will include 56 licensed beds, all in private rooms. The emergency department will include 40 exam rooms, including 10 dedicated to pediatric care and five rooms solely for behavioral health.
Donors have rooms named for them, including the Dr. John and Glenda Covington Room, the Wadsworth Room, named for Sue and John Wadsworth of Hamby’s Commercial Waste Inc. and the Hamby Room, also named for the Wadsworths’ company.