Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a happy holiday season spent with family and friends. As we close the door on 2017, we have a clean slate for the New Year. I urge everyone to make the most of 2018 in all you do.
As we begin the New Year, we have a lot of exciting things happening across Columbus Regional Health— new staff members joining our team, ongoing construction and renovation projects, our continued focus on our patient safety, patient experience, and quality programs, and in March our new partnership with Piedmont Healthcare.
As a community, Columbus is growing and we are growing to meet the health needs of our region. Here is a look at some of the projects that are either ongoing into 2018 or were just completed.
Northside Medical Center
In mid-April, Northside Medical Center will begin providing emergency care to residents of North Columbus and Harris County in a new, state-of-the-art facility. Patients with non-trauma emergencies and illnesses can receive treatment at one of the top-ranked hospitals in Georgia. Once known primarily as an orthopedic surgical hospital, Northside now offers extensive surgical services across a number of specialties, along with a new sleep center, endoscopy suite and acclaimed rehabilitation unit. The addition of the Emergency Department will continue to transform that facility and the healthcare of our community.
Congratulations to Northside Medical Center for earning a five-star rating for overall quality care and patient experience! NMC is now among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Without a doubt, this prestigious award is credited to NMC physicians, staff and leadership who work diligently to ensure that patients receive outstanding medical care in a safe, efficient and caring environment.
John B. Amos Cancer Center
The region’s only comprehensive cancer treatment and research center will more than double its capacity in 2018 with the addition of a new expansion and renovation of the original facility. The two-phase project furthers our vision for patient centered care at JBACC and will include: building a new infusion center with increased capacity, relocating the lab space for easy patient access, consolidating all physician and clinical offices to one common area, expanding space for the addition of rehabilitation and therapy services, and transferring the Columbus Regional Breast Center onto the JBACC campus. The project also enhances the healing environment with the addition of naturopathic treatments such as acupuncture and herbal medications, an expanded boutique for patients to purchase wigs, prosthetics and even fitness products, along with a retail pharmacy and café.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Midtown Medical Center
The first phase of the NICU renovation was completed at the end of 2017. Phase II of the NICU will begin in January and when complete, the region’s only perinatal center will increase capacity to 46 bays, where critically ill infants receive care. The design of the renovated areas provides families with privacy as they care for their infants. With the completion of the NICU, along with the addition of 16 antepartum rooms designed for expectant mothers in the early stages of pregnancy, the only comprehensive birthing center in Columbus will have undergone a complete transformation.
Let’s all continue to focus on pushing our patient experience scores above the national average at MMC and maintain our top decile performance at NMC. We are seeing real progress and I thank you all for the work you are putting forth with your team to drive our performance!
2018 will be a busy and active year for everyone as we anticipate the beginning of our partnership with Piedmont Healthcare on March 1. While there will certainly be change, this is something we have grown accustomed to over the past five years. Our industry is in a constant state of change and we are well prepared for everything that our future holds.
In conclusion, I’d like to welcome the following providers to the CRMG family
- Dr. Karen Stuart, Columbus Regional Medical Group OB-GYN
- Chatora Berry, N.P., Columbus Regional Medical Group OB-GYN
- Heather Yepez, R.N., new manager for the Northside Medical Center Emergency Department
Please stay committed to putting our patients first and ACEing-IT every day. May this be our best year yet— I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2018!