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Willingway completes phase II of renovations
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A renovated patient room at Willingway Hospital is pictured - photo by Special

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Willingway Hospital celebrates the conclusion of Phase II of its hospital-wide renovation project with the completion of Unit I renovations. The hospital is divided into two areas, Unit I (the detoxification unit) and Unit II (the inpatient residential area), where patients spend the majority of their stay. Unit II renovations were completed in March of 2007.

            “I think that with the completion of Unit I, the hospital itself will be more representative of the type of treatment that we offer,” states Barbara Reid, chief operating officer of Willingway Hospital. “Willingway is consistently ranked among the top treatment centers in the United States, and our clinical program is on par with that of Betty Ford or Hazelden, among other well-known treatment centers in the country. We want our environment to reflect this.”

            One of the particular challenges of this phase of the project was renovating an ICU-level hospital unit. “We chose to complete most of the work internally,” states Reid, “because our maintenance team is very familiar with the schedule of the hospital, and our goal was to complete the work in a manner that would be the least disruptive to our patients. Another goal of the renovation project was to provide our staff with an environment that they can be proud of, that is representative of the level of care that we offer. Because of this, the attitude of our employees has been cooperative and anticipatory, which has benefited the project tremendously.”

            The final phase of renovations will include the recreation room, which will include constructing a storage room for recreation equipment, and renovation of the dining room and kitchen.

            Willingway opened its doors in Statesboro in 1971. The 40-bed facility, offering a full range of treatment including detoxification, inpatient residential, extended treatment and outpatient, has been successfully treating alcoholics and drug addicts from all over the United States and as far away as New Zealand and Japan for over 35 years.

            “Willingway has a long-standing reputation for treating our patients with the dignity and respect that they deserve,” states Reid. “The co-founder of Willingway Hospital, Dr. John Mooney, stated that alcoholics and addicts are not bad people trying to get well, they’re sick people trying to get better. The overall goal of the renovation of the hospital is to provide our patients with the atmosphere necessary to help them heal and recover."