HAZLEHURST, GA (WTOC) - Health care is something every city needs, and Hazlehurst is trying to make it more accessible.
They are turning one of the oldest original hospitals in the city into a health care facility.
You can hear the equipment working, you can smell the new paint on the walls, and you can see workers coming in and out of the building, trying to get it in the best shape for the new facility. The building was originally built in the late 30s and early 40s as one of the first hospitals in Hazlehurst. Years later, it turned into a doctor’s office. When the doctor retired, the city decided to buy the property since it was connected to the land City Hall sits on.
The mayor says the land will come handy in years to come as the city grows and they need to expand, but since the city doesn’t need the building right now, they are renovating it as a health care facility. A few different agencies are interested in expanding the building, and all of that is being finalized with the city. The renovations should be complete within the next 10 days.
“We, in Hazlehurst, even though we are proud of our hospital, they’re adding some things that will not only serve our community, but adjoining communities. We need the primary care, and when we found out what a need was there, then that does fall back into mayor and council responsibilities,” said Mayor Bayne Stone, City of Hazlehurst. “That we’ve got something that we will need in the future. Right now, the community needs the health care, and so we got together and we are going to make the two work.”
We will continue to follow the progress of the building and bring you updates on air and online.