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Northside Hospital Forsyth plans expansion

Northside Hospital Forsyth has submitted plans for a new expansion that will include adding an additional two stories and 43 medical surgical short-stay care beds at the hospital.

On Monday, Jan. 6, the hospital submitted a certificate of need application to the Georgia Department of Health for the expansion, which is expected to cost about $43 million. The expansion will bring the hospital, already the tallest building in Forsyth county, to 10 stories.

The state will give a decision within 120 days.

In the application, officials said the expansion would involve a “2-story vertical addition to an existing patient tower” adding 43 surgery short-stay beds and also include 21 “23-hour observation beds.” Each of the new floors will house 32 patient rooms, and the expansion will bring the total number of beds in the hospital to 363.

Officials said the expansion is needed due to the “rapid population growth” in the communities served by the hospital, including Forsyth adding a projected 41,000 residents between 2019 (237,438) and 2024 (278,318), according to U.S. Census Bureau projections.

The expansion will be the second to raise the height of the hospital in recent years, after a project to bring the hospital from five to eight stories was completed in 2016.

This proposed expansion would also be one of several that the hospital has announced or completed in recent months.

In early November, Northside Forsyth opened six new operating rooms at the hospital’s Center for Advanced Surgical Technology, adding supports for robotic, neuro, orthopedic and spine surgeries. Since opening, more than 400 surgeries have taken place in the new ORs, a spokesperson said.

The hospital also filed a Certificate of Need application in late November to convert 16 existing rooms to be used for obstetrical patients in the hospital’s Woman’s Center and meet projected patient demands for 2024.