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PGH holds ribbon cutting to celebrate rehab

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    SHANNON SNEED/Staff Supporters of Putnam General Hospital celebrate during a ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating the new emergency department after recent renovations.
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    SHANNON SNEED/Staff Touring the emergency department, local leaders, including Putnam County Board of Commissioners Chairman Billy Webster (in the light blue jacket), Eatonton Mayor Walt Rocker Jr. (in the hat) and Commissioner Bi

After recent renovations to upgrade its emergency department, Putnam General Hospital has retained its charm as a beloved hometown hospital while allowing for valuable improvements in patient service.

Hospital staff opened the emergency room doors for a ribbon cutting ceremony June 14, offering the public a glimpse of the newly expanded section.

The nearly $1 million project was funded by proceeds from a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) that was approved by Putnam County voters.

“This investment into our Emergency Department allows the hospital to better serve those in need of emergency care,” said Pam Douglas, chief nursing officer at PGH.

We want everyone who comes to the Emergency Department to receive the best care in a comfortable space. Increasing the number of treatment spaces and adding state-of-the-art equipment to the Emergency Department is a tremendous benefit to the community.
– Chief Nursing Officer Pam Douglas

The renovations made way for a front desk to be located straightway inside the door as patients and family enter the ED.

Tucked to the side, the new emergency waiting room is decorated with artwork by Twin Takes Photography, depicting familiar Putnam County landmarks. Mark Johnson donated frames to highlight each of the unique pieces that showcase The Plaza Art Center fountain, Putnam County Courthouse, First Baptist Church steeple and Glenwood Springs Road Bridge.

Putnam General Hospital CEO Alan Horton noted that the project was completed in two phases.

According to a press release, the first phase of the project added the new patient entrance, new waiting room, new registration area, new triage room and treatment spaces that will be used for outpatients and ED overflow.

“These spaces were designed to provide a more comfortable waiting area for families and more privacy during registration,” the press release states.

The second phase of the project included construction of a new nurse’s station and breakroom, new space for physicians, two new patient treatment areas and renovation of all existing areas of the department.

PGH, which was named Business of the Year by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, expects that these new additions will ultimately reduce wait times. The Emergency Department at PGH, which is staffed exclusively by physicians, already boasts as having one of the shortest “door to doctor” times in the region, and the new additions are expected to ensure that patient throughput times remain low.

“We want everyone who comes to the Emergency Department to receive the best care in a comfortable space,” Douglas said. “Increasing the number of treatment spaces and adding state-ofthe-art equipment to the Emergency Department is a tremendous benefit to the community.”

That equipment includes a new telemetry unit at the nurses station that allows for patients to be monitored throughout the ED.

“Communities with access to high-quality health care offer a better quality of life to their residents,” Douglas said. “Putnam County voters recognized this and approved SPLOST dollars to support their local hospital.”

For more information about Putnam General Hospital, please visit or call Marsha Grimes, 706-923-2028.