Archbold to forge ahead with new nursing facility

Erik Yabor/Times-EnterpriseThis field adjacent to Grady General Hospital, visible in the background, will eventually become the site of a new 75-bed nursing facility that is expected to create 89 new jobs

CAIRO — Archbold Medical Group will move forward with the construction of a new nursing facility adjacent to Grady General Hospital that is expected to create 89 new jobs.

Officials at Grady General received word last week that the state Department of Community Health had granted approval for them to proceed with plans to construct the 75-bed facility, which will be located at the corner of 5th Street and 11th Avenue SE.

Archbold had submitted a Certificate of Need to the state several months ago with the intentions of constructing a nursing home in Grady County, but were initially denied. Archbold appealed the decision in a hearing that took place in April and received word in July that the denial was overturned.

Crystal Wells, administrator at Grady General, said Archbold officials will next meet with the Grady County Hospital Authority to update them on the project and develop detailed architectural plans.

Once completed, the facility will provide long-term and short-term care for residents, including treatment for complex medical services such as wound care, respiratory care, IV antibiotics and hydration along with comprehensive therapy that may include physical, speech and occupational therapy, Wells said.

The facility will not have a construction timeline until building plans are more fully developed.

Archbold has a long-term lease agreement with the Grady County Hospital Authority that provides a mechanism for funds to be set aside for hospital improvements, such as the construction of a new nursing home.

Final costs for the project will be determined during the planning process.

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