Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center – Launching the Vision, Master Plan and Implementation

Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens, Georgia


Piedmont Healthcare
Piedmont Athens Regional Health System, Strategic Master Plan

As one of northeast Georgia’s largest health care systems, Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center required re-positioning of its facilities to accommodate market growth, healthcare reform and population healthcare management. Trinity, in association with Navigant Consulting, Inc., performed a market demand analysis, operational analysis, facility assessment and parking assessment at the 360-bed, 900,000 sf acute care hospital and regional referral-center serving a 17-county area.

The phased strategic master plan identified $260 million projects composed of 290,000 sf of expansion including a bed tower vertical expansion, new center of excellence and 256,000 sf of modernization. It also includes a 75,000 sf marquee ambulatory wellness destination campus that allows for development of services over a 6-year period, e.g., a cancer center, heart and vascular, orthopedics/sports medicine, digestive diseases and neurosciences.



Proposed Bed Tower 2nd Floor          Proposed Bed Tower 4th Floor


                                         Phase 1 Facility Implementation


Launching the Vision – Phase 1 Facility Implementation

Trinity, partnering with SmithGroupJJR, is designing the Phase I, $156 million facility implementation to transform Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center into the vision created in the master plan. The program establishes a new campus gateway that promotes a first impression sense of arrival with improved vehicular circulation and patient and visitor wayfinding; a 1-story vertical expansion of 30-35 inpatient beds on top of an existing nursing unit; a 24,000 sf modernization and vertical expansion to create a rapid admission unit, chest pain unit, and crisis center; demolition of 90,000 sf of aged facilities; a modern 7-story bed tower expansion that replaces a 1960s bed tower and includes a new 2-story visitor concourse with public amenities, patient intake, clinical support functions and 4-stories of acuity adaptable inpatient beds. Completion is August 2022.



                  Phase 1 Demolition                Phase 1 Implementation


                                                         Phase 1 Facility Implementation