News 12 at This Morning / Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Doctors and patients at GHSU have just moved into a new wing of the bone marrow unit this month.
The $6 million renovation project already has one wing completed with six new rooms.
Willie Yearby is already settled into one.
"The things I like about these is that they are very spacious," he said. "I love the flat screen TV, of course."
Yearby, who underwent a bone marrow transplant two weeks ago for cancer, said he's been here for nearly a month. That's the case for most of the patients in this wing.
"A transplant is not something we do in a month," said Dr. Vamesi Kota, a transplant physician at GHSU. "You have to be monitored very closely for about three to six months, at least."
Which is why the rooms here are designed with comfort in mind with bigger bathrooms, a refrigerator in every room and more space.
"You have enough room to stretch out more," Yearby said. "In here, the color scheme is awesome. The colors alone make you feel good."
It's not the just space in the rooms -- when the renovation is completed, an older wing of the bone marrow unit will double the number of beds for patients.
"There was a lot of demand in Georgia. Atlanta is the only one that does all transplants," Kota said. "We started doing unrelated donors since last year."
Now the hospital has expanded its program to perform more advanced procedures, which is expected to increase the number of patients that go there for a bone marrow transplant.
"The environment has a lot of to with the healing process," Yearby said.
In this environment, patients like Yearby don't have to travel to bigger cities and stay there for weeks their treatment.
Phase two of the renovation is underway. They expect the entire unit to be completed with 12 beds by next March.
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