CUMMING - Just as Forsyth County continues to grow at a seemingly incessant pace, Northside Hospital-Forsyth continues to expand and evolve to meet the needs of an increasing number of patients.
Northside filed a Certificate of Need on Dec. 5 with the Georgia Department of Community Health's Office of Health Planning to convert 37 existing 23-hour observation beds to medical/surgical beds.
The conversion would bring the total inpatient bed count to 284, according to Katherine Watson, a spokeswoman for the Northside Hospital Healthcare System.
"This is in response to the state's indication that these beds are needed to help Northside Hospital-Forsyth meet patient demand in 2021," Watson said.
Also included in the application is a proposal to expand and renovate the cafeteria and dining room "to better accommodate the visitors, staff, physicians and patients currently using them each day."
The total estimated cost of this project is $8.44 million, according to the application.
Watson said it can take up to four months to receive approval from the state.
Also regarding the expansion of the Cumming campus but unrelated to this CON, site preparation has begun for the hospital's fifth medical office building on Northside Forsyth Drive, Watson said.
The 133,000-square-foot building is expected to open in spring 2018.