Originally created 04/22/06

Facility construction is on track



Select Specialty Hospital's $22 million transplant is well under way.

The long-term acute care facility, located at Walton Way near 15th Street, is still on target for a late November opening, said Brian Davis, the CEO for the company's Augusta operations.

"If we can keep up at this pace we're in good shape," said Mr. Davis, who tracks construction progress at his office via Web cam.

Once complete, the 71,900-square-foot hospital will provide 80 private rooms for patients who are recovering from ailments but don't need full-service hospital care.

Select currently has 65 rooms in two locations - University Hospital and Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics. The company decided to move to a stand-alone facility because new Medicare regulations would have capped patient levels if they remained in the hospital, Mr. Davis said.

The plan is to take three days this fall moving the 60 or so patients at the current facilities to the new hospital, he said.

"Every patient will be moved by ambulance," Mr. Davis said. "If they're unable to be moved, we will have to wait."

Select currently employs about 260 people in Augusta; 141 are full-time. The hospital will create 100 to 150 new jobs, ranging from security and maintenance to nurses.

Select Medical Corp. has 21,000 employees and operates about 100 hospitals and 730 outpatient rehab facilities across the country. It is owned by New York-based Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.

Reach Tony Lombardo at (706) 823-3227 or tony.lombardo@augustachronicle.com.



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