Atlanta (April 9, 2020) –
Initially set to open August 1, 2020, the Marcus Tower at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital will open almost four months early, on April 13, 2020. This early opening is an effort to serve the community and make more intensive care unit (ICU) beds available during the COVID-19 pandemic. Three ICU and acute nursing units, spread over the Tower’s 6th-8th floors, will provide 132 additional beds, with 64 of those beds designated as ICU beds for both COVID-19 positive and non-COVID-19 patients. And, those beds come at a critical time for Atlanta and Georgia as the pandemic begins to reach peak levels.
“By opening this part of the tower early, we are increasing capacity at a critical time when our community needs it the most,” said Dr. Patrick Battey, CEO of Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. “Getting these beds ready for patients who may need them during the COVID-19 outbreak was the right thing to do, and I am proud of the staff at Piedmont and our partners on the project who made it happen.”
Onepath Building Technologies is partnering directly with Brasfield & Gorrie on this project to provide critical infrastructure, including Fire/Life Safety, Structured Cabling, Access Control/Security, and ERRC systems. In conjunction with Piedmont’s project team, crews have been working extended schedules, including weekends, to get the area ready for patients.
When the rest of the tower opens in August, it will house the Piedmont Heart Institute, the new Marcus Heart and Vascular Center, the Samsky Invasive Cardiovascular Services Center, and the Shaheen Auditorium. The 16-story tower will feature technologically-advanced operating rooms, cardiac labs, critical and acute care facilities, and up to 408 beds.
Read more about The Marcus Tower at Piedmont here.