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Mar. 29 - Memorial Health Files with State to Renovate Heart Tower

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 29, 2018 - Memorial Health recently submitted a Letter of Intent to the Georgia Department of Community Health for a $30 million renovation to its Heart and Vascular Institute tower.

“This investment demonstrates HCA Healthcare’s commitment to realize the vision of Memorial’s leadership and community for a dedicated heart and vascular building on our campus,” said Memorial Health CEO Shayne George. “Once this project is complete, all five floors of the tower will be fully operational to provide exceptional care for our patients and their families.”

The planned renovation will build out the third and fourth floors of the Heart and Vascular Institute tower to accommodate 58 private, inpatient rooms.

In 2015, the Memorial Health Heart & Vascular Institute completed a $9-million expansion and renovation to meet the needs of its growing patient population. The fifth floor of the facility was renamed the Spellman-Thomas Wing in honor of cardiologist John Spellman, M.D., and Judith Thomas Solomon, Ph.D., a grateful patient of Memorial Health. The wing was funded in part by philanthropy, including a generous gift from Solomon.

The Spellman-Thomas Wing added 32 beds, including six cardiovascular intensive care beds and 26 cardiac stepdown beds. The rooms have state-of-the-art equipment for advanced monitoring as well as custom lifting equipment that provides ease of mobility and comfort for patients. As an added benefit, the unit has the ability to monitor 140 patients via remote telemetry throughout the hospital.

Since 1967, when Dr. Thomas Yeh performed the first open heart surgery in Savannah, Memorial has been a leader in treating heart disease in southeast Georgia, according to HCA. The $45 million, 189,000 square-foot Heart & Vascular Institute tower opened in December 2005 to house cardiovascular and critical care services. 

HCA completed its acquisition of Memorial Health University Medical Center in late February. Part of the agreement with Chatham County to sell the hospital system was that HCA would make a substantial capital investment over the next 10 years. 


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