Piedmont Fayette Hospital Opens Fourth and Fifth Floors as Part of Clinical Expansion

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (Aug. 31, 2009) - Piedmont Fayette Hospital (PFH) is pleased to announce its most recent expansion is complete as it continues to grow with the community. In July, patients began occupying these beautiful new private rooms on the fourth and fifth floors.

"We are extremely proud to open these additional private patient rooms as part of our Piedmont Promise to serve the needs of Fayette County and surrounding areas," said Darrell Cutts, president and CEO of Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

With this expansion, PFH may now have 143 private inpatient rooms. The new patient rooms on the fourth and fifth floors are organized in targeted units, for specialized focus on high quality care and more comfort for patients.

The fourth floor offers Piedmont Fayette's inpatient orthopedic services unit which also includes occupational therapy and speech language pathology as well as a new post-surgical unit.  Patients who stay at the hospital for care following surgery may be admitted to the post-surgical unit staffed by physicians, nurses, and aides who work together as a team to help patients recover as quickly and comfortably as possible. 

The fifth floor is now the new home to PFH's cardiac unit, including the intermediate care unit (IMCU).  Most patients are admitted to this unit after experiencing a heart attack, congestive heart failure or cardiac dysrhythmias. Patients who need heart monitoring and/or specialized therapies or drugs may come to this unit, for example if they require constant heart monitoring, more frequent monitoring of blood pressure, or special monitoring that is required for certain medications.

"No matter the economic climate we may be in, we are committed to offering the best care to our patients," said Cutts.  "We are excited about what this expansion means for the community as we continue working to provide increased access to the highest quality of care available."

Other plans for expansion and increased services at Piedmont Fayette Hospital include the comprehensive cancer center which will bring a host of oncology services together. With more space now available for patients on the fourth and fifth floors, renovations are currently set to begin on patient rooms on the second floor.  PFH also hopes to soon be able to add more labor and delivery beds.

For more information about the Piedmont Fayette Hospital, please visit www.fayettehospital.org.