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New Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital Tower Completed

Piedmont Athens Regional officials cut the ribbon on the hospital’s new seven-story tower. Credit: Blake Aued

After nearly four years of construction, the new tower at Piedmont Athens Regional opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting Apr. 21.

The 229,000 square-foot tower—built on the site of a former structure dating back to 1919—includes 128 modernized inpatient rooms, a cafe, gift shop, pharmacy, clinical program support areas, outdoor courtyards and a patient and family resource center.

“With our design and construction partners, we have created spaces that promote healing for the patients we care for, the visitors and families we comfort, and the staff that provide that compassionate care and comfort,” hospital CEO Michael Burnett said in a news release. “We are changing lives at Piedmont, and opening this new space will help us to continue delivering on that.”

The tower was designed by SmithGroup and Trinity and built by BDR Partners and DPR Construction. It was funded in part by $2.6 million in donations, including gifts from UGA, Synovus and the Tarver, Massey and Townley families.

A previous phase of the $171 million expansion added a floor of patient rooms to Prince Tower Two.