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Master Renovation & Expansion Project

Master Renovation & Expansion Project

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Southeast Georgia Health System is always working to meet the health care needs of our community by growing with the region. A new master renovation and expansion project will allow the Health System to do just that on the Brunswick Campus. With over 70,000 square feet of new construction being built upon our existing footprint and more than 100,000 square feet of renovated space, the improvements include:

Surgical Services

  • 16 operating rooms
  • Additional post-anesthesia and pre- and post-recovery bays with greater privacy
  • A new main entry at Parkwood Drive which will consist of a canopy and a two-story lobby

Emergency Department

  • Will expand 12,141 square feet
  • Increase from 35 to 50 treatment rooms, including two trauma rooms

Patient care floors

  • The rooms on the fourth and fifth floors of the St. Simons Tower will be converted to 64 spacious private patient rooms.

The $125 million project also incorporates infrastructure upgrades within the central energy plant to accommodate the expansion and will be constructed in such a way that two additional floors and patient rooms could be added in the future should there be an increased demand for services. The project is slated to begin in early 2018 with an anticipated completion in late 2021.

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Master Renovation & Construction Project

Topping Off Ceremony

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

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Master Renovation & Construction Project

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

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20-20 Vision Campaign

The 20-20 Vision Campaign will support the expansion, renovation and growth of Southeast Georgia Health System...the future of our hometown health care. A Master Facility Plan has been developed and the total project cost is $130 to $140 million. The Master Facility Plan includes expansion and total renovation of 4 key areas:

  • Emergency Care Center
  • St. Simons Tower: In-Patient Floor(s)
  • Surgical Services Tower & New In-Patient Floor
  • Central Energy Plant

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It's a Wrap

Article in Healthy Partners Summer 2021 Edition ButtonHealthy Partners, Fall 2021
Final updates to the Emergency Care Center (ECC) — an integral piece of the Health System’s Brunswick Campus Master Renovation and Expansion Project — are now complete. “Construction work on the final phase wrapped up over the summer, and the ECC was fully operational in mid-July,” says Tripp Stephens, vice president, Support Services. “To ensure that patients had access to emergency care throughout the renovations, we had to complete the project in multiple phases. We want to sincerely thank patients and staff for their patience during the renovation process. We’re honored to now provide a state-of-the-art emergency department that’s built to serve a growing community.”

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20-20 Vision Campaign achieves goal.

Article in Healthy Partners Summer 2021 Edition ButtonHealthy Partners, Summer 2021
Krista Robitz, Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation’s director of Development, is feeling especially grateful these days. The reason for her appreciation? “Thanks to our extremely caring community and Health System volunteers, the Foundation has achieved the $8 million fundraising goal we set for the 20-20 Vision Campaign,” says Ms. Robitz. The Foundation launched its 20-20 Vision Campaign in March 2018 to help fund the Brunswick Campus Master Renovation & Expansion Project. The Foundation’s mission is to create awareness and financial support for the Health System, so supporting the project with a capital campaign made sense. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted just about every aspect of our lives, and fundraising is no exception. The Health System’s Foundation team had to make some adjustments in light of the unexpected challenge.

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The Future of Hometown Health Care

Article in Healthy Partners Summer 2019 Edition ButtonHealthy Partners, Winter 2021
Although the coronavirus has brought some aspects of life to a standstill, the Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus Master Renovation and Expansion Project has not missed a beat. “When the pandemic began, hospital leadership shifted construction efforts to prioritize aspects of the project that impacted direct patient care and emergency services,” says Michael D. Scherneck, president and CEO, Southeast Georgia Health System. “As a result, the inpatient floor of the new Surgical Services and Inpatient Tower opened in July, three months ahead of schedule. The early opening allowed access to additional beds, which was instrumental in caring for the increase of hospitalized patients due to COVID-19.” Also completed last summer was an overhaul of the hospital’s central energy plant.

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Our Vision for Tomorrow Beginning Today

Article in Healthy Partners Summer 2019 Edition ButtonHealthy Partners, Summer 2019
Work continues at a steady pace toward the $140 million master renovation and expansion of our Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus. The project, which started in 2018, is focused on satisfying the immediate health care needs of our community today and growth in anticipation of future patient volumes.

One of the most critical projects is updating the Emergency Care Center. Scheduled for completion in January 2021, the addition of 12,000 square feet will allow for 15 more exam/treatment rooms, bringing the total to 50. The waiting area is also undergoing considerable improvements, focusing on a design that’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

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A Vision of a Healthy Community

Article in Healthy Partners Winter 2019 Edition ButtonHealthy Partners, Winter 2019
In 2018, Southeast Georgia Health System began a three-year, $140 million master renovation and expansion project on its Brunswick Campus to help ensure it can continue to meet health care needs as the communities it serves grow and patient volumes increase. Inside and out, construction crews are busy working on the Emergency Care Center, Surgical Services Tower and new Inpatient Floor, as well as upgrades to the Central Energy Plant to accommodate the expansion. “This project is a prime example of our commitment to meeting our communities’ needs,” says Michael D. Scherneck, president and CEO, Southeast Georgia Health System. “Everyone at some point needs health care, and we’ve seen dramatic growth in patient volumes in recent years. We’re dedicated to providing the services they need — and adding advanced technologies and treatments to expand services.”

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Work For Progress

Article in Healthy Partners Fall 2018 Edition ButtonHealthy Partners, Fall 2018
Inside and out, construction crews are on the job at Southeast Georgia Health System. They’re expanding and updating the Emergency Care Center (ECC), and they’re building the new Surgical Services Tower and Inpatient Floor. Read our featured article in the Fall 2018 issue of Healthy Partners to learn more about our plans for the future! You may also stay informed about the Health System’s construction progress through email updates. We offer a Master Renovation and Expansion Project e-newsletter as well as text alerts to keep our community informed about our progress. If you're interested in learning about opportunities to help fund our project, our Foundation is conducting a 20-20 Vision Campaign with a goal to raise $8 million. So far, they’ve raised almost $5 million.

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A Vision for the Future

Article in Healthy Partners Summer 2018 Edition ButtonHealthy Partners, Summer 2018
This three-year, $130 million project is a big one. It includes more than 74,000 square feet of new construction and 141,000 square feet of renovated space — all on our existing footprint. This project will help us continue to bring advanced technologies and deliver quality health care to the community. State-of-the-art facilities help us take care of our families, friends and neighbors. “Some of our facilities date back to the ’60s,” says Marjorie A. Mathieu, RPh, MBA, FACHE, vice president, Southeast Georgia Health System. “And our patient volumes have grown tremendously over the past several years. We’re renovating patient rooms to be more comfortable, spacious and private, and we’re adding an entire new nursing unit that we had originally planned to build in the future, because we need it today.” That nursing unit is just part of the renovation.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When and where will construction take place?

Construction will begin in February 2018 and continue through 2021 and will encompass various areas, including surgical/operating areas, the Emergency Care Center, the fourth and fifth floors on the St. Simons Tower and Central Energy Plant.

Will my stay at the Health System be affected by the construction?

We will strive to make your stay at the Health System as uninterrupted and seamless as possible during construction, but some side-effects of renovation are unavoidable, such as increased noise, revisions in parking designations and relocated patient rooms for areas under construction. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

When will construction be complete?

The project is anticipated to be complete in late 2021.

Will parking be affected by the renovation?

Parking will be affected throughout most of this renovation project. We will do our best to keep you informed with updated parking information as it occurs.

How can I learn more about the renovation progress?

We encourage you to sign up for our renovation e-newsletter to receive email updates regarding renovation progress and milestones.

How can I contribute to the Capital Campaign?

If you would like to give to the 20-20 Vision Campaign, please contact the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation at 912-466-3361 or email the director of the Foundation to learn how you can contribute.

Will the gift shop be affected by the construction?

The Gift Shop will not be impacted by the construction.

Will we be able to get to the cafeteria during construction?

The Cafeteria will not be impacted by the construction and will be accessible.

Will all construction projects take place at the same time?

There are multiple phases taking place. Some phases may overlap and affect one another. We will keep you informed of these phases through various outlets, including this webpage, a monthly renovation e-newsletter, press releases and Facebook posts. Follow us on these platforms to stay up to date on our progress.

Will any elevators be out of order during construction?

Yes, but there will always be at least one elevator working in the area that is under construction.

What time will the construction begin and end each day?

Construction time will vary, and we will make every effort to have the least impact on our patients.

Will any roads be closed during construction?

We do not anticipate there being any road closures.

How will the construction affect the surrounding residential neighbors?

There will be minimal affect to the surrounding residential neighborhoods. The best way to keep informed of our renovation and how each phase may potentially affect you is to visit this site frequently or sign up for our renovation e-newsletter, and receive construction updates directly to your email as they become available.

How is this project being paid for?

The Southeast Georgia Health System, Inc. and Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority boards sold $106,860,000 of tax-exempt revenue bonds on December 19, 2017, to help fund the renovation and expansion. The 20-20 Vision campaign launched by the Health System’s Foundation will also raise additional funding.

Will entrances be closed during construction?

Discharge/Drop-off covered parking adjacent to Parkwood Drive and Kemble Avenue will be closed February-June, 2018. Please use the main entrance on Parkwood Drive for surgery drop off and discharge pick ups during this phase. As construction progresses, we will have additional updates, and you can stay informed about these updates by signing up to receive our e-newsletter.