Open House Nov. 10 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital

The Lake Oconee Boomers Team

St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital invites everyone to a Community Open House on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 2-5 p.m. to tour the new hospital at 5401 Lake Oconee Parkway.

The event will be free and light refreshments will be served. Parking will be available on campus, with shuttle service for those who need assistance getting to and from their vehicle.

“We are honored to have a chance to show everyone the excellent progress being made on our new facility,” said Montez Carter, president of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital. “It’s a magnificent addition to our community and will enhance our ministry to be a compassionate healing presence here for years to come.”

The open house will begin with a short presentation at 2 p.m. featuring remarks by State Rep. Mickey Channell and Greene County Board of Commissioners Chair Ed Bullard. Additional presenters will include Carter, St. Mary’s President and CEO Don McKenna, and St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Board of Directors Chair Joe Gorman.

Following their remarks, Good Samaritan staff will lead tours of the new facility, including the new hospital’s surgical suites, emergency department, rehabilitation gyms, imaging suite, and spacious patient rooms.

“We will be in the process of bringing in new equipment and furnishings, so this will be the perfect time for our families, friends and neighbors to get a behind-the-scenes look at the hospital before we start the final cleaning and sterilization of the building,” Carter said.

Carter said general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie remains ahead of schedule and within St. Mary’s $40 million budget for the new hospital, which replaces the aging facility on Siloam Road. The new hospital will open before the end of the year; the exact date will be announced soon.

In addition, a community capital campaign to augment funding for the new hospital continues at full pace, Carter said, and is nearly halfway to its $8 million goal. Funds raised by the campaign are already being used to acquire technology and services rarely found in rural, critical access hospitals. Examples of how these donated funds have and will be used include a state-of-the-art telemetry system to allow staff to monitor patients’ vital signs remotely, digital mammography, and a new digital x-ray room.

No RSVP is needed for the open house; just drop in anytime between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. If you have questions about Good Samaritan’s services, please call 706.453.7331.  For more information about giving to the St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital Founding Capital Campaign, call 706.389.3927.