FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Monroe County Hospital is getting some major upgrades including a building that'll expand their medical services.
Patients at the hospital consider it to be a lifeline.
It's the only one in the entire county.
Kay Floyd is the hospital's CEO. She says it serves as a critical access hospital for a lot of communities.
Floyd says if a patient needs more attention, the facility has an advantage being close to I-75, minutes away from larger cities.
"Most of the transfers that are leaving our hospital to go to a higher level of medical care, usually are headed towards Macon," Floyd said.
Monroe Hospital's board is gearing up for next year, making sure they have all of the money they need from the county.
"We asked the commissioners if they would fund us for approximately $480,000 out of their general operating budget for 2014," Floyd said.
The facility is also benefiting from penny sales tax, and has a couple of major projects on their list.
One of their newest projects is a $2.5 million building that's been in the works since spring 2011.
"It's a medical office building that we will be using the medical providers in this community," Floyd said.
It's not completed, but doctors are already signing leases, filling up office space.
Floyd hopes the expansion of the hospital's campus will continue efforts of improving quality patient care.