Wound Care Center Likely Opening Next Month

Stephens County Hospital’s wound care center continues to move closer to reality.

Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said that everything appears on track for the new facility to open to the public next month.

“We are almost through with construction and almost ready to open,” said Gambrell.  “We will no doubt open in January.  We are putting the final touches on for the fire marshal’s 100 percent inspection.  There are just a few little things we have to do to make that happen.”

Gambrell said that inspection should take place in early January.

Stephens County Hospital is building its new wound care center on Falls Road.

Bowen and Watson of Toccoa is handling construction of the approximately $1 million facility, while the hospital is working with Diversified Clinical Services out of Jacksonville, Florida, on the operation of the wound care center.

Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority met last week for its regular monthly meeting.

Gambrell said that during the meeting, the Hospital Authority approved a new lease agreement for medication storage equipment.

“This is the machine that the nurse goes to in order to obtain medication for the patient,” said Gambrell.  “It is kind of like a vending machine if you want to think of it that way, but it is very secure.”

The hospital is switching to a company called Omnisale, said Gambrell.

The Hospital Authority approved that new lease agreement unanimously.