Construction progress on the patient tower at South Georgia Medical Center necessitates relocation of the Outpatient Center entrance on Monday, Sept. 17 until the new patient tower construction is complete in fall, 2013. – View MAP Outpatient Admissions/Central Registration, which was formerly conducted in the Outpatient Center, will be relocated to the SGMC main lobby for this time period. “Our patient tower construction is at that stage where the outside wall of the Outpatient Center is going to have to be partially removed,” explained Bill Forbes, SGMC Chief Planning Officer. “For the safety of our visitors and staff, we must secure that area and relocate the services housed there.” CEO Randy Sauls asks for the public’s understanding as we go through some pretty significant growing pains. “Our lobby is going to be more congested with all the extra functions being relocated here, but it is temporary,” he explains. “We are installing modular registration desks and making other adjustments to help provide patient privacy. We have arranged for an overflow waiting area on the second floor, if needed. We are doing all we can to minimize our customers’ inconveniences.” To help make the public aware, SGMC will post signage and banners, along with other means of educating the public, on the rerouting of cars and patrons to the front side of the campus. The new parking deck will provide better parking and the connecting corridor from the second floor of the parking deck to the main lobby should help get patients to the right location for registration. After hours visitors needing access to the hospital will be required to enter and exit the hospital through the main lobby. Security will be on-site to screen after-hours visitors. The new tower construction is proceeding as scheduled with the foundation completed and framing for the first floor underway. The bridge, which will connect the new tower with the existing third, fourth and fifth floors of the hospital, is included in this next phase of construction. For more information, contact SGMC Community Relations at 229-259-4421.