Doctors Hospital will break ground on April 30 for the $75 million expansion for the Joseph M. Still Burn Center.
People from all over the Southeast and even people from the Caribbean make their way to the Garden City to get treated at the J.M.S. Burn Center. Due to the high volume of patients and success stories the burn center is expanding.
The project includes more than 102,000-square-feet (9,476 sq. meters) of new and renovated space that will house 48 additional beds (more than 90 in total) and four new operating rooms for burn patients.
Doctors Hospital said in a news release that a new central energy plant and a 550-space parking garage are also part of the expansion, which is scheduled for completion in 2020.
“From an employee standpoint, the extra parking is a big deal. When you have to get to work 30 minutes earlier so you can get a good parking spot, it definitely affects your quality of life and so we’re all very excited about the additional parking,” said physicians assistant Beretta Coffman.
Burn center director Dr. Fred Mullins said in a statement the project will “improve efficiency and overall care” at the Augusta facility.
The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.