Doctors Hospital of Augusta is home to one of the largest burn centers in the nation, serving patients nationally with a specific focus on the Southeast. Because burn patients require up to 10 weeks of continued outpatient care, Doctors Hospital established the Joseph M. Still Burn Center on the campus to provide a convenient transition to healing for recovering patients.
The original design and build of the clinic opened in November 2009 with 16 patient bays as well as 4 procedure rooms capable of treating burn patients in an outpatient setting. As a result of an ever-increasing patient load which has recently reached 30,000 patient visits annually, the Burn Center needed to more than double its current space in order to meet the demand for care.
The expansion and renovation of the clinic consisted of the addition of 20 new patient bays and 4 new procedure rooms for treating burn patients. The existing admitting area was relocated and expanded to accomodate increased patient scheduling. The main waiting area was also relocated and expanded from 36 seats to over 75 seats with a dedicated pediatric waiting room to accommodate patients and their families.
Burn Tower Addition
Of the hospital’s 350 beds, approximately 70 are dedicated to serve burn patients. Currently, these beds are spread across the entire hospital from the first floor Burn ICU to portions of several semi-private floors in the hospital’s north tower. The two-story expansion will create a private Burn Tower with 48 patient rooms, serving the critical need of adding new private patient rooms and consolidating the burn patient beds to one part of the hospital.
The burn center currently has 4 dedicated burn operating rooms, but burn patients currently recover in the Burn ICU as there is no dedicated PACU space. The expansion will provide 4 additional burn operating rooms, a 15-bed dedicated PACU, and a 3-bay Debridement space for initial patient intake and assessment.
Coupled with the Burn Center expansion is the construction of a new 500-space, 6.5 story precast parking garage. The hospital’s helipad is also being rebuilt and relocated to be adjacent to a new Burn Ambulance entrance immediately adjacent to the Debridement spaces. Construction of both projects is occurring simultaneously with an anticipated opening date for both in September 2020.
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