WellStar will build new hospital, create 500 jobs
by Jon Gillooly
jgillooly@mdjonline.com
July 14, 2011 12:00 AM | 6215 views | 6 6 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HIRAM — WellStar Health System officials plan to build a new hospital and a medical office in Hiram, a project that would create 500 jobs in Paulding County.

WellStar would close its existing circa-1958 WellStar Paulding Hospital in Dallas on West Memorial Drive.

The new $125 million hospital is scheduled to open in April 2014, creating 300 new jobs, officials said.

The new hospital, to be located on Bill Carruth Parkway and U.S. 278 in Hiram, would start with 56 beds, all of them private rooms, and grow to 112 beds, compared to the existing 83 licensed-bed hospital in Dallas.

The Hiram site already has a medical office building run by WellStar. WellStar plans to add a second, 80,000 square-foot medical office building at a cost of $22 million there as well, and connect all three buildings. The second medical office building is expected to create 200 jobs and be open in January 2013.

While the hospital will close, WellStar will keep the building.

WellStar will file its Certificate of Need by Aug. 1 and wants to begin construction by August 2012, said spokesman Keith Bowermaster.
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Bob Bummer
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July 18, 2011
I think Wellstar is making more money than it needs so they are creating ways to spend it. This crap will have to stop once the new healthcare laws begin in 2014.
Go Figure
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July 17, 2011
Seems like the money could be better utilized. Wow what a waste. I think the citizens are pleased with the current hospital. New doesn't always mean better.

Bob Bummer
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July 14, 2011
How will this save money? More employees and building another hospital cost money like 22 million dollars of it. The article fails to mention the purpose. Is there a need for something that the old hospital cannot provide? Why can't the existing hospital be expanded? Lots of information on what is being planned but darn few answers on why.
Doing the Math
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July 14, 2011
Walmart has 30 registers but you never see more than 15 open!
In the Know
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July 14, 2011
There is a difference between "licensed" beds and "staffed" beds. Paulding may be licensed for 83 beds, but that doesn't mean that have that many available. I suspect they have less than 50 staffed beds right now.
teabelly
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July 14, 2011
How does going from an 83-bed hospital to a 56-bed hospital help a growing county like Paulding?
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