CoxHealth announced Wednesday they are building a “hospital within a hospital” for COVID-19 patients.
The new “hospital” will be located on a floor of Cox South that will be built into “ward style areas” for patients that will require respiratory support.
“When Cox South doubled in size five years ago, several floors of the new tower were left empty so we could develop the space as needs arose,” Steve Edwards, president and CEO of CoxHealth, said in a statement. “A need in our community is now here, and we are ready to help our patients have the best chance of recovery that we can give them by developing some of that space. I pray it is never used.”
Cox officials said in a statement that the new layout will help health care professional deliver better treatment for COVID-19 victims because of the open style layout. The change will also allow Cox staff to conserve the use of personal protective equipment.
“We are very grateful to our local contractors and subcontractors, led by JE Dunn, who are making this work a priority, and many of which are doing this only for the labor and materials,” Edwards said in the statement. “These companies, their staff and skilled workers are heroes to our community by making these life-saving measures a priority.”
CoxHealth anticipates having the new “hospital” open by April 9.
(Headline photo by CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards)