Progress Continues on Wound Care Center

Stephens County Hospital continues to move ever closer to the opening of its new wound care center.

Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said that construction of the new facility is now coming along quite well after delays in construction earlier this year caused by rainy weather.

“I had the opportunity to go up there last week and I think when people see it, they are really going to be impressed,” said Gambrell.  “It is going to be a nice facility.”

He said it might open in October or November.

“It really just depends,” said Gambrell of the opening.  “We really have been helped by the drier weather the past few weeks.”

The hospital is building its new wound care center at a location on Falls Road.

Bowen and Watson of Toccoa is handling construction of the facility, while the hospital is working with Diversified Clinical Services out of Jacksonville, Florida, on the operation of the wound care center.

In addition, the hiring process has started, according to Gambrell.

In a matter related to the wound care center project, the Stephens County Hospital Authority on Monday unanimously approved a resolution for financing of the wound care center.

Gambrell said the plan is to finance the building and re-pay the loan over about a 15-year period.

According to Gambrell, the wound care center is costing Stephens County Hospital around $1 million.