CHI Memorial to build new hospital in Ringgold
Certificate of need approved by state; facility to be completed by late 2024
RINGGOLD, Georgia (WDEF) — A brand-new, “smart” hospital is coming to Ringgold.
The Georgia Department of Community Health approved CHI Memorial’s certificate of need to build what will be the new medical hub of Catoosa County by late 2024.
“The thing we celebrate is that the state of Georgia told its tax-paying citizens in northwest Georgia today, ‘you’re right,'” said Andrew McGill, CHI Memorial chief strategist. “You need, you deserve this hospital close to home.”
The new hospital will feature more than 60 inpatient beds, an ICU, a full-service emergency department, operating rooms and more.
McGill is well aware, however, that one of its greatest features is one that can’t be built: location.
For residents who had to drive the 24-75 junction in traffic across state lines for health care, those days are coming to a close.
“What this is going to do is it’s going to keep the people of the counties that we serve there off the interstate not having to rush up for some type of event,” McGill said. “Instead, they stay right there and get it. Minutes matter. The hospital being where it is is going to be just wonderful and that’s a great reason why we really are excited.”
Catoosa County Public Information Officer John Pless mirrored McGill’s excitement, saying just the mere existence of the new hospital has the potential to save more local lives.
“Health care professionals will tell you whether in hospitals or in emergency medical services in the field, there’s a golden hour,” Pless said. “For situations like a stroke, cardiac-type situations or other critical-type injuries, traumatic injuries, getting professional, high-quality care within that first hour can often be life-saving.”
Pless is also excited about the economic growth that the new hospital can bring to the area.
He says it will bring in new “high-paying jobs” and serve as “the catalyst for further development” along Battlefield Parkway.
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to take place this fall.