The project is constructing a new 90,000 SF tower with new patient rooms and administrative offices and renovation of another 77,500 SF of trauma space. Total project costs are anticipated at $76,760,000. The tower phase will include detention holding, morgue and supply chain management for the trauma center in the basement with the ground floor dedicated to detention and behavioral health exam rooms. The next two floors will provide administrative office space with the third floor providing room for storage and the MRI unit and the final floor housing mechanicals. The renovation will take place in four phases enabling the trauma center to continue serving the primary needs of its patients. The first phase provides for waiting room renovation, classrooms, staff support area and two client treatment areas to be upgraded. Phase two will proceed with staff support area renovations, emergency department administration offices, classrooms, ambulance holding, general radiology and the X-Ray room. Phase 3 will enable the renovation of the “Red Zone” – a staging area for triage and rooms for seeing patients, ambulance entrance renovation and two relocated X-Ray units, as well as a resuscitation/Trauma Room. In Phase 4, the “Blue Zone” will receive renovation, including another resuscitation/Trauma room and the remaining emergency radiology area now that the X-Ray units have been relocated.
The project is located in a severely distressed area of Atlanta and represents a renovation to the regional coordinator for any man-made or natural disasters for hospitals for the area, which has not seen renovations in roughly 30 years. Grady seeks to improve the timeliness of emergency care, reducing wait times so that the number of persons left unseen based on timeline alone may dramatically improve. They currently operate with a triaging system that enables them to send the least acute patients to local providers with similar missions of serving all in need who can provide these types of services, (caring for issues such as cases of strep-throat or illnesses of this nature which are not more acute trauma in nature). Grady operates six neighborhood health centers that provide primary health care services of this kind. Prior to instituting this triaging effort the left without being seen rate was twice its current rate of a estimated 10%. The renovations will provide the space and functionality to decrease this to a range of 3-4%.