CANTON — The new Northside Hospital Cherokee is celebrating its two-year anniversary this May at its new location and the state-of-the-art healthcare facility is growing healthier and stronger than ever.
In 2018 the hospital reports more than 58,500 emergency department visits, 1,806 births, 9,184 patients admitted, 9,381 surgeries performed, and helped a total of 431,633 patients in one way or another.
To keep up with the demand, Northside Hospital Cherokee already added two more floors to its main patient tower in 2018, according to data provided by Northside.
In March the state approved an application to increase the hospital’s total number of inpatient beds from 126 to 158. The 32 new inpatient beds plus eight new observation beds will be used for medical/surgical patients and be housed on the hospital’s newly constructed seventh floor added in 2018.
The hospital has 2,300 employees, 900 physicians, and 245 volunteers to serve its patients and their families.
“The response from the community and the support for our new hospital has exceeded my expectations,” said Billy Hayes, Northside Cherokee CEO. “I felt positive it would grow, but we have seen more support than I even imagined. When we opened our new hospital we were almost immediately planning for expansion.”
That expansion included more inpatient and observation beds, an eight-bed Clinical Observation Unit, two new operating rooms, and more parking, which were added first thing. In November 2018, construction was completed on two new floors in the main patient tower.
More space and services are also being added to the Women’s Center.
“This March construction began on two more floors to support our Women’s Center and Level-3 NICU services. We will be able to provide comprehensive care for infants born at all gestational ages and birth weights. When open this will allow us to take care of the sickest of the sick babies,” Hayes said.
The addition also will offer a new Center for Perinatal Medicine, observation and extended recovery beds, as well as education space. Construction is expected to be completed early spring 2020.
More physician practices are expanding to include offices near or on the new hospital campus in order to better serve patients. Construction is well underway on a second medical office building on the hospital’s campus and is expected to open this summer, hospital spokeswoman Katherine Watson said.
Northside Hospital Cherokee expanded its sports medicine and orthopedic programs in 2018.
The Sports Medicine Network is a proud partner of Cherokee County High Schools, Reinhardt University Athletics and the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency to help athletes prevent injury and reach peak performance, she said.
“Our commitment to support healthier patients and create a stronger, healthier community fabric extends beyond our physical walls. We continue to develop strong relationships with organizations that champion a culture of wellness and stewardship in the community including local schools, first responders and other civic organizations,” she said.
Community programs includes a Post-Acute care community forum that brings together community skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health and hospice organizations.
“We work with students, teachers and administrators, supporting school clinics with medical supplies, participating in Career Days and investing in other student programs that promote healthy lifestyles,” she said.
The hospital also partnered with Reinhardt University to launch their School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The hospital continues to give back in ways to benefit patients and the community.
“We’ve provided defibrillators to local EMS, enabling them to transmit vital patient information from the ambulance directly to the hospital, saving precious time,” Watson said. “Our employees and their families and friends donated more than 30,000 hours last year to more than 100 local service projects supporting March for Babies, MUST Ministries, the Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Restoration Network and many others.
Residents in Cherokee County and other northern Atlanta suburbs are among the healthiest in the state. In 2019, Cherokee remained Georgia’s third healthiest county, according to the 2018 County Health Rankings, compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The county has consistently ranked in the top 10 (out of 159 counties) for more than six years.
Northside Hospital Cherokee was recognized with the HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award. All three Northside hospitals are among 10 Georgia hospitals and the only three metro Atlanta hospitals to make the list of the best hospitals in the nation for patient experience, according to the hospital.