News 12 at 11 o'clock, July 26, 2007.
AUGUSTA, GA---University Hospital unveiled their brand new outpatient center. It's a part of the largest expansion project since the hospital first opened their doors almost 200 years ago.
The facility is designed to serve as a one stop shop for patient care making it faster and easier to get treatment. "No longer will you have to go in multiple doors to try to find where you're going, now it's just one door and one parking place," said President and CEO Larry Read.
In 2003, board leaders and more than 60 physicians developed a blue print for the $93 million master project to serve the needs of Augusta's aging population. "We have 200,000 outpatients every year now think what it'll be like 10 years from now," he said.
The outpatient center is the first and smallest part of the project to be completed. Plans for a four-story cardiovasculer center and brand new surgical center are also in the works. Mayor Pro Tem Betty Beard calls it an asset for the community. "We have many people looking to city of Augusta because of our health facilities," she said.
The outpatient center was funded in part through the donations of University employees who gave more than $800,000. The entire project is expected to be completed by spring of 2009.