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FCH interior receiving much needed makeover

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

According to Tony Caudel, who works with the Fulton County Hospital maintenance department, there are a lot of projects the hospital is working on. This old patient room is in the process of being converted into an EMT sleep room, Caudel said. Photo by Emily McIntosh
Those who drive by the Fulton County Hospital on a regular basis have seen many changes to it on the outside. Hospital visitors also notice a big difference on the inside as well.

Since the hospital's open house earlier this year, the hospital's maintenance crew has been diligently working to catch the older parts of the hospital up with the new additions and remodeling.

Hospital maintenance director Tony Caudel said one of the major jobs they are doing right now is installing four new air conditioning units in the old part of the hospital. The hospital will use the existing air ducts for the new heating and cooling system. This will allow the air flow to be more consistent throughout the building. Currently, one can notice a temperature difference in many of the rooms. Caudel said the staff's work environment is important and that includes their comfort.

"Central supply and housekeeping, now, (in their new location) there was no heat and air back there. The units were old and were worn out," Caudel said.

There are also small details that the maintenance crew is working on, such as old leaks and making sure all the remodeling matches the new additions with the drop-down lights and ceilings and the color scheme.

Much of the renovations of the old parts of the hospital require some areas to switch spaces or move to a completely different location within the hospital. Caudel said the old emergency room was transformed into the new pharmacy. The old pharmacy was turned into the new nurses' medication room and nursing desk.

Central supply and housekeeping are now in a couple of old surgery rooms and a labor room. The new location makes these areas more accessible to hospital staff because of the centralized location.

The EMT department is also going to receive a couple of new EMT sleep rooms so that an EMT can be available 24-7. The old EMT rooms are going to be developed into a nuclear stress test room and a respiratory room and some interior walls around the same area are going to be torn out to make room for the physical therapy department.

"As you can see, we've got lots of projects going on," Caudel said.

Some of the offices are also getting a make-over. The old blood bank and some old lab rooms are in the process of being converted into financial offices while the new blood bank is down one of the new hallways.

Caudel said the hospital is also trying to get to the patient areas as well to remodel them to fit the new areas of the hospital.

The hospital is also in the process of remodeling the maintenance department.

The hospital's kitchen has also gotten a large walk-in cooler and freezer.

"They (the hospital) is trying to update what they've got," Caudel said.

"When you start going through everything we've actually done, it's kind of amazing the things we've got through and been able to accomplish," Caudel said.

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