Master Renovation & Expansion Project
Southeast Georgia Health System is always working to meet the health care
needs of our community by growing with the communities we serve. The Master
Renovation and Expansion project allows the Health System to do just that
on the Brunswick Campus. The project launched in 2018 and includes over
70,000 square feet of new construction and renovations to more than 141,000
square feet of the Health System’s current footprint. The improvements,
some of which are now complete, include:
Surgical Services Tower (Completed November 2020)
- 16 spacious, state-of-the-art operating suites
- 10 private prep and recovery bays with the latest monitoring equipment,
as well as patient recliners and television sets for patient comfort and
convenience; an additional 22 private prep and recovery bays will open
in Winter 2022.
- 32 private, spacious patient rooms, each of which include a window and
design features that maximize privacy, both visually and acoustically.
- A new main entry at Parkwood Drive which consists of a canopy and covered
parking for patients and visitors. Additionally, the updated two-story
lobby includes a stairwell to the 2nd floor surgery registration and waiting
room area, as well as access to the new inpatient unit on the 5th floor.
Emergency Care Center (Completed July 2021)
- A new covered patient entrance and a new ambulance entrance leading directly
into the trauma rooms
- Increased from 35 to 50 treatment rooms, including two new trauma rooms
- Dedicated pediatric room, behavioral health rooms, isolation rooms and
a decontamination shower area
- New imaging area, including expanded spaces for CT, X-ray, and ultrasound
- A new elevator tower improving patient privacy and a direct link to the
Surgical Services Tower
Patient care floors
- The rooms on the 4th and 5th floors of the St. Simons Tower will be converted
to 64 spacious, private patient rooms.
The $142 million project also incorporates infrastructure upgrades within
the central energy plant to accommodate the expansion and was 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 entire
project should be completed in late 2022.
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20-20 Vision Campaign
The Health System Foundation launched the 20-20 Vision Campaign in March
2018 to help fund the Master Renovation & Expansion project and committed
to raise a total of $8 million. Thanks to our extremely caring community
the Foundation met its goal! However, the Foundation will still gladly
take donations, big or small, to continue supporting the health care services
of the Health System.
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It's a Wrap
Healthy 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.”
20-20 Vision Campaign achieves goal.
Healthy 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
The Future of Hometown Health Care
Healthy 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.
Our Vision for Tomorrow Beginning Today
Healthy 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.
A Vision of a Healthy Community
Healthy 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.”
Work For Progress
Healthy 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.
A Vision for the Future
Healthy 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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When and where will construction take place?
Construction began in February 2018 with multiple phases. Although the
coronavirus brought some aspects of life to a standstill, the Health System’s
Master Renovation and Expansion Project has fortunately not missed a beat!
As of October 2021, the Emergency Care Center, Surgical Services Tower
and Central Energy Plant have been completed. Currently, renovations are
taking place on the 4th and 5th floors of the St. Simons Tower and in
the pre- and post-op areas. The construction progress has been significant,
and we anticipate the completion date to be in late 2022.
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 2022.
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 912-466-3360 or
the director of the Foundation to learn how you can contribute.
How is this project being funded?
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.