Selby plans renovations

MARIETTA – Major renovations are planned at Selby General Hospital.

Fundraising is under way for the $5 million project that will include private room upgrades, handicapped accessibility throughout the building, improved signs and more convenient parking.

“Patients have suggested some facility upgrades at Selby, including more private rooms and other improvements,” said Daneka Hedges, executive director of the Memorial Health Foundation that’s dedicating the foundation’s annual appeals drive to the Selby renovations project.

An independent survey ranks Selby in the 85 to 90 percentile range for patient satisfaction and the upgrades should help maintain and improve that ranking, Hedges said.

“We decided the project would be a great improvement for the local community,” Hedges said.

Vienna resident Lacy Wilson brought her husband to Selby for surgery on his broken elbow Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s a nice hospital-small and comfortable, and everyone seems so friendly here,” she said.

Nearly half a century has passed since Selby General Hospital moved from 304 Putnam St. to its present location on Colegate Drive.

Selby in 2008 became an affiliate with the Memorial Health System, which includes Marietta Memorial Hospital, the Harmar Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Glenwood Retirement Community, Marietta Health Care Physicians Inc., and the Marietta Health Foundation that provides financial support for health system facilities.

“Since then the health system has invested a lot in Selby’s facilities, including an upgraded operating room and improvements to the pre- and post-op areas. And a lot of our orthopedic surgery facilities have been moved to the Selby campus,” said Jennifer Offenberger, director of marketing and communications for the Memorial Health System.

Prior to the health system affiliation, the last major improvements to the Selby facility would have been completed in the 1980s, she said.

Selby is still a full-service hospital with an emergency room and on-site clinic facilities, Offenberger said.

“An average of around 9,000 patients are seen in the ER every year, and we’re expecting that number to continue to grow,” she said.

More usage of the emergency room is another reason the upgrades are needed, Offenberger said.

The project, in the early design phase, will take two to three years to complete.

“Improved gateway entry signage will hopefully be done this year,” she said. “The current signage is not easily seen, so there’s a need to let people traveling on Colegate Drive know where the hospital is located.”

Wilson said she missed the hospital entrance when she took her husband to Selby on Tuesday.

“I passed it up before I saw the sign,” she said. “It was easy to miss.”

Another upgrade that will be noticeable is the staining of the light-colored bricks on the exterior of the Selby building to match a red brick hue. Offenberger said better parking lot access also will be among the first improvements made.

Inside work will include renovating 25 patient rooms to private rooms with private baths in each room.

“The trend for most hospitals now is toward more private rooms for patients,” Offenberger said. “So all of Selby’s 25 beds will be changed to private rooms.”

The Selby renovations project will be completed in phases, she said. No noting work has begun, she said.

Hedges said the health foundation is hoping for major support from the community.

“We want to encourage and invite people to be part of these exciting changes by donating whatever they can to this important project-every little bit will help,” she said. “The fundraising campaign runs through the end of this calendar year, but gifts to the foundation designated for the Selby project will always be welcome.”

Hedges said contributions would help offset the amount the hospital system will have to finance for the project.