CUMMING – Those driving along Georgia 400 this weekend may have noticed a small change to a big building.
On Friday, construction crews working on the expansion of Northside Hospital-Forsyth by three floors moved the name of the hospital and its logo to the new floors. Once completed, the building will have eight floors and stand at 126 feet high – denoting the tallest building in Forsyth County.
“Today was sort of an exciting day in that we got to raise the sign all the way up to its height on the eighth story,” said Lynn Jackson, hospital administrator. “We brought our logo back and got our name put up at the tallest point of our construction, so it was a pretty exciting day for us.”
Jackson said the name of the hospital had remained in its previous location to help people find the campus but that the logo had been in storage.
Previously, the hospital stopped at the fifth floor.
Jackson said the sixth floor will hold heating and air conditioning and energy plant uses, while the other two will be used for patient’s needs.
“From a mission standpoint, the other two floors are really our priority,” she said. “The seventh floor is going to be our new in-patient oncology unit, and then the eighth floor is going to be our new in-patient post-surgical unit.”
She said the hospital’s popular Christmas tree will sit atop the new levels.
The expansion is planned to be completed and serving customers by early November, even if the outside might already look done.
“When we go up like that, we have to add elevators, and we’re still working on those. We still have a lot of finish work to do on the inside,” Jackson said. “The crane will be coming down by the end of June, so we’ll look like we’re finished, but on the inside we’re not quite finished yet.”
The new addition will add more than 60 beds for patients, which Jackson said was one of the hospital’s chief concerns.
“The biggest benefit at this point is capacity,” she said. “This community has not had enough hospital beds to accommodate all the needs for quite some time. This time, we’re able to add a good many beds.”