Don McKenna, St. Mary's president and CEO speaks to guests.

Don McKenna, St. Mary’s president and CEO speaks to guests.

By Nick Nunn Staff Writer

St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital held a community open house for its new facility at 5401 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, last Sunday, Nov. 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. After holding a brief ceremony, which included speeches by St. Mary’s Good Samaritan President Montez Carter, State Representative Mickey Channell, State Senator Burt Jones, and Greene County Board of Commissioners Chair Ed Bullard, visitors were given guided tours of the new facility, which is set to open at 7 a.m. on Nov. 25. “We’re excited about the turnout,” said Carter about the crowd on hand Sunday, which filled the front waiting room of the hospital as well the second-floor balcony. St. Mary’s President and CEO Don McKenna thanked the visitors for taking the time to come by and see the new facility.

Joe Gorman, chair of the St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Board of Directors, thanked the remaining Board of Director members and the St. Mary’s Foundation Board for the job they have done on the project. “What a beautiful hospital,” said Gorman. Bullard reflected on the “journey” they all have taken to “make sure we have quality healthcare in Greene County.” Representative Channell said that he was present during the opening of Greene County’s Minnie G. Boswell opening in the late 1940s, and that he feels “blessed and thankful to be here for the opening” of the new facility.

“You’re going to be blown away,” said Channell to those in attendance.

Senator Jones described the hospital as a “first-class facility.” “It’s something like nothing else going on in the state,” said Jones. Montez concluded the ceremony by assuring visitors that “we’re committed to providing excellent care.

The new Good Samaritan Hospital facility is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH), which will offer 24-hour emergency care services, inpatient and outpatient services, radiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, laboratory services, surgical services, and swing bed services.

Telemetric patient monitoring will be available in the 25 private patient rooms, and the surgical suites will be equipped for procedures in urology, gynecology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, podiatry, and gastroenterology. The facility will maintain 64-slice CT technology on site, as well as a Sleep Disorders Center. Additionally, the hospital offers an on-site chapel, cafeteria, and gift shop on the premises for families and visitors. Until the opening date on Nov. 25, St. Mary’s will finalize the cleaning and sterilization process, install the remaining equipment, and move patient records from the old facility.