Kaiser, major systems expanding to meet patient demand

While Kaiser Permanente prepares for a nurse strike in California, it is adding facilities in Georgia to keep up with growing patient volumes, reported the Cherokee Tribune.

Therefore, it plans to open a new 80,000-square-foot medical center later this year, which will provide primary, urgent care, pharmacy, MRI and radiology services 24-hours a day.

To keep up with more Cherokee County patients, Northside Hospital-Cherokee began the renovation and expansion of its emergency department, adding more beds and widening the waiting room and ambulance area, according to the article.

It also plans to replace its current 84-bed facility on a new 100-acre campus, which also will include a women's center, a multi-specialty medical office building and cancer center.

Meanwhile, WellStar Health System is meeting patients' needs at its Cherokee facilities with additional physical and technology enhancements, Keith Bowermaster, WellStar's director of marketing, public relations and internal communications told the Tribune.

Over in Alaska, a growing population has led to a surge of hospital expansions, reported the Associated Press. To meet the anticipated uptick in patient demand, Providence Health and Services began a $150 million renovation and expansion project in Anchorage. The Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks started to build a 150,000-square-foot replacement facility, while Petersburg Medical Center has planned a $1.47 million clinic expansion.

To learn more:
- read the Cherokee Tribune article
- here's the AP article