CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – Memorial Health Care system's has received approval to renovate and expand Memorial North Park Hospital.

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency approved the application.

Officials went before the agency, on Wednesday, and proposed Memorial's plans to replace the Intensive Care Unit, renovate and expand the Emergency Department, renovate and expand the Endoscopy Unit, renovate the radiology, add three additional elevators and conduct a partial renovation of one of the nursing units.

"This enables us to move forward with our plans to improve our facilities so that we may better serve the healthcare needs of those in the region," said James M. Hobson, president and chief executive at Memorial. "This will position Memorial and Memorial North Park to remain a healthcare leader in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia for years to come."

The project will increase the number of ICU beds from eight to 10, while medical surgical beds will decrease from 61 to 59. The project will not affect the number of total licensed beds. The Emergency Department treatment rooms will increase from 13 to 17, and the Endoscopy Unit will increase from 2 to 3 labs.

The total project involves almost 33,000 square feet of renovated and expanded space and is projected to cost about $17.6 million.

The project does not involve stopping any services.