GREENSBORO, Ga. -- St. Mary’s Hospital of Athens has closed on land to build the new St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro, the hospital announced Monday.
The 24-acre site on Georgia Highway 44 will be home to a new facility to replace the aging 25-bed Good Samaritan Hospital near downtown Greensboro. That hospital formerly was known as Saint Joseph’s at East Georgia and Minnie G. Boswell Hospital before that.
St. Mary’s has selected a project management firm to handle construction of the new hospital and is in the final stages of selecting an architect, said Good Samaritan interim President Montez Carter.
“We have been extremely pleased with the number, expertise, and quality of firms that are competing for this project,” Carter said. “We are considering only highly skilled professional organizations with health care experience, and look forward to announcing the project manager soon and the architect in mid-April. We are on track to clear land and break ground before July.”
The property — which is on the west side of Ga. 44 between West Lake Road and Carey Station Road — was bought from Reynolds Partners and James M. Reynolds III on Friday for an undisclosed sum.
St. Mary’s announced the site in January and erected signs, but the official closing allows the hospital to move forward with design and construction.
“This is wonderful news for the health of Greene County’s citizens and future citizens, as well as a shot in the arm for the local economy and future development prospects,” Greene County Commission Chairman Dene Channell said in a news release. “With St. Mary’s purchase of the Highway 44 Tract at Carey Station Road, things are moving forward and a new hospital is now a question of when, not if. Many people, including myself, are excited that a hospital of St. Mary’s reputation has decided to invest in our community.”
The 25-bed hospital is expected to cost more than $40 million, funded by St. Mary’s, Catholic Health East, and donations from the community. The facility will be significantly larger than the current hospital and will provide ample space and infrastructure for services such as 24/7 emergency care; advanced imaging services including digital mammography, x-ray, MRI and a 64-slice CT scanner; surgical services, and enhanced medical services in cooperation with area physicians.