Gov. Nathan Deal Tours Surgical Services and Atrium Expansion at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton
Posted Date: 11/2/2012
Gov. Nathan Deal (second from the left) and his wife, Sandra (left), learn about the new Surgical Services unit and Clinic Avenue atrium, as well as the delayed opening of the new emergency department, from Tanner President and CEO Loy M. Howard (right) and Tom Fitzgerald, MD (second from the right), medical director of the hospital’s emergency department.
Responding to an invitation from Tanner Health System, Gov. Nathan Deal and his wife, Sandra, visited Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton on Thursday, taking a tour of the hospital’s new Surgical Services unit, which recently opened following more than two years of construction, as well as the new Clinic Avenue atrium that will open at the end of November. The couple also visited a patient who just had knee replacement surgery in the hospital.
On hand to greet the governor and his wife were Tanner Health System President and CEO Loy M. Howard, Tanner Board of Directors Member Steve Adams, Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner, Tom Fitzgerald, MD, medical director of the hospital’s emergency department, and senior members of Tanner’s administrative team. Surgical Services Nurse Manager Lisa Parmer led the tour through the new unit.
“We were honored to have Gov. and Mrs. Deal as our guests at Tanner and take them on a tour of the new Surgical Services expansion at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton,” said Howard. “The governor appreciates the importance of our mission to improve and expand our services as we continue to care for the communities we serve.”
Gov. Nathan Deal and his wife, Sandra (left), visit patient Dot Wigginton of Bowdon, who just had knee replacement surgery at Tanner Ortho and Spine Center, ranked No. 1 in Georgia for overall orthopedic services by HealthGrades for the fourth consecutive year. Her son, Trooper Chris Wigginton, is in charge of the governor’s security detail.
With the expansion, the hospital’s surgical services unit has grown from six to 10 operating suites, including a new hybrid operating suite that doubles as a catheterization lab to provide the latest vascular procedures. The short stay unit at the hospital also has expanded from 16 to 23 rooms, providing greater access to the same-day surgical procedures that account for up to 90 percent of all surgical cases at Tanner. The new Clinic Avenue atrium boasts a spacious registration and waiting area, as well as Bistro ’49, a new bistro serving signature items for breakfast and lunch, including Starbucks coffees.
During the visit, Dr. Fitzgerald described the hospital’s new 32,000 square feet, 40-bed emergency department, but couldn’t take the governor on a tour…yet. The new emergency department is being renovated following a failure in a fire suppression line on Aug. 23 that flooded the new department. It is expected to be unveiled to the public in an open house in early 2013.
Following their tour of the Surgical Services unit, Gov. Deal and his wife took time to stop by the award-winning Tanner Ortho and Spine Center, named No. 1 in Georgia by HealthGrades for the fourth consecutive year. The couple visited Bowdon resident Dot Wigginton, who just had knee replacement surgery. Her son, Trooper Chris Wigginton, is in charge of the governor’s security detail.
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