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Institutional | CDH PARTNERS
Medical Plaza 400 in
Dawsonville, Ga., is one of
CDH's recent projects.
chiatric unit, and the Cook Senior Living Center, a 95-bed nursing
CMC will have outpatient ancillary services including medical
imaging, laboratory, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, behavioral
health services and physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Cook Family Wellness Center and Cook Primary Care will also
relocate to the new facility.
TIFT Regional Health System owns CMC and has worked to
replace the facility to be a positive addition to the community,
Lindeman says. "The state of rural healthcare anywhere in America,
but especially in southern Georgia has been an area of concern," she
notes. "We are excited to see how this approach to rural healthcare
can be a positive influence. Hopefully, [it will be] a successful model
for healthcare in rural communities to bring healthcare closer to
the areas that are underserved and to those who don't have access."
CDH is about 50 percent completed with the design and expects
construction to begin in late spring. "All material choices are made
based on making sure we have smooth transitions and durable
flooring to ensure we are making the safest holistic and healing
environment," Lindeman says. "All of that heavily influences how we
design the environment for the patients and staff."
Eye for Design
CDH has seen an increase in clients requesting it repurpose existing
buildings. "Especially when the economy wasn't doing quite well,
this was prevalent a few years back," Mackey says. "It depends on the
location, available property in the area and how well the building
could meet their needs. We have done a number of assessments on
these types of buildings and if it looks to be a viable option to repurpose for whatever they want to put in there we will do it."
For example, CDH repurposed a former motorcycle shop in
Dawsonville, Ga., that featured a mezzanine into a medical office
and urgent care center. "We had challenges with this structure, but
it turned out very well and to see the transition from one type of
building to another use is pretty amazing," Mackey notes. "We are
quite adept at repurposing existing facilities and converting them
into a new use."
In addition to repurposing and designing facilities like Mountain
Lakes Medical Center and CMC, which Lindeman says are on the
smaller side, CDH has also taken on larger replacement hospital
projects like the WellStar Paulding Hospital Replacement Campus,
which completed construction in 2014 and the last phase of build-
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