Work on Stephens County Hospital’s wound care center is moving forward.
Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said that crews have started site work on the Falls Road property where the hospital will construct the new facility.
He said the hospital is very happy to see work has started.
“We expect the wound care center should go up quickly,” said Gambrell. “It seems like forever that we have planned this project, so we are happy that ground is being moved around now.”
According to Gambrell, the property will require a lot of site work to get it ready for the wound care center building. However, once done, Gambrell said the property will be ready for additional buildings in the future if the hospital so chooses.
Gambrell said he hopes to have the wound care center open by Labor Day if all goes well.
The wound care center will cost Stephens County Hospital approximately $840,000, based on the bids approved last year for site work and construction of the facility. Martin Construction of Toccoa is doing the site work, while Bowen and Watson of Toccoa is handling construction of the building.
In September 2011, the hospital entered into a contract with Diversified Clinical Services out of Jacksonville, Florida, to work with the hospital on the wound care center.
Gambrell has said that the hospital believes a state-of-the-art wound care center will be a good addition for the Toccoa area, noting that there are currently wound care centers in Anderson, Athens, and Gainesville, but none closer.