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Health [Health]

Coweta becoming a metro Atlanta health care hub By Alex McRae

Steel started going up earlier this year for the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital on Poplar Road.


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ommunity leaders hoping to attract new residents and businesses will tell you that sensible taxes, first-rate retail, dining and entertainment facilities and a host of recreational opportunities no longer guarantee success. These days, health care facilities are as big a part of the lifestyle package as anything else. That’s no problem for Coweta County, which is rapidly becoming one of the metro Atlanta area’s major health care hubs. Construction is already under way on the new 136-bed state-of-the-art Piedmont Newnan Hospital, which promises to provide care and technology

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[Health] Artist rendering of the new Coweta County Health Department

unmatched in the region.

COO for Piedmont Healthcare and chairman of the Piedmont Newnan

hospital will feature 104

community is its health care system,

Hospital Board of Directors. “The

medical/surgical beds, 18 critical

and remarkable things are

new hospital facility will take health

care beds, 14 post-partum beds, 23

happening at Piedmont Newnan

care to an even higher level for future

emergency department treatment

Hospital,” said Gregory A. Hurst,

generations in Coweta County.”

rooms and 8 main operating suites.

“A sure sign of a great

Coweta’s new VA Clinic celebrated its grand opening last fall in the Oak Hill Professional Park off Highway 34 East.


The new 362,376-square-foot

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“Piedmont Newnan


Hospital is


going to be an icon for us. It will be visible for miles, from both the north and the

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- Michael Bass, PNH President and CEO


The facility will also boast over 1,000 parking spaces for patients, guests and the hospital’s 1,100 employees. PNH President and CEO Michael Bass said the new hospital is expected to boost the local economy by over $200 million annually. The nine-story structure on Poplar Road at I-85 will also become a local landmark.

Lee Webb, DVM

Michael Wilson, DVM

Christopher Bowen, DVM

Jeff Allen, DVM

Graduated from UGA in 1995 and joined us in 1998.

Graduated from LSU in 2001 and joined us in 2001.

Graduated from LSU in 2007 and joined us in 2008.

Graduated from UGA in 1993 and joined us in 2010.

“Piedmont Newnan Hospital is going to be an icon for us,� Bass said. “It will be visible for miles, from both the north and the south.� The hospital’s women’s services unit will include post-

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Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) plans to build a regional cancer hospital in Newnan, with construction slated to begin before the end of this year. partum as well as neonatal intensive care and other services. The facility

priority for patients and visitors. “When I go 50 feet into a big

oriented to where they are in the building.”

will be digitally configured to allow

hospital complex, I can get lost very

full wireless capability, and

easily,” said Bass. “We are going to

be a key feature of the building.

wayfinding will also be a high

make sure that people will always be

“We’ll have a ton of glass in the

Large numbers of windows will

CTCA features cutting-edge technology including surgery and chemotherapy, but also treats patients through nutrition, exercise, relationships, spiritual outreach, acupuncture and massage.


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[Health] building to bring in natural sunlight, making the facility a very enjoyable place to sit and relax,” Bass said. Piedmont Newnan Hospital is expected to open in early 2012. Another huge plus for health care consumers is the new facility planned by Cancer Treatment

enjoyed a reputation as a great place

according to Moore. “For us, it’s not about radiating a tumor,” he said. “It’s about healing a

place or on the way, locals are likely


to be living even longer, healthier


open in 2012. Veterans who call Coweta and surrounding areas home are also

hospital/treatment center will be

delighted with the new VA Clinic,

located on the Newnan Crossing

which opened in the Oak Hill

Bypass across from Belk’s and could

Professional Park off Highway 34

open in less than two years.

East near Sullivan Road in

based company’s first southeastern

September 2009. provides primary care health

patients from several states.

services, nutrition counseling and services and outpatient care will be

leaders, “We truly want this area to be

added in the future. private physician’s offices, gyms,

the Southeast, and I can’t begin to tell

spas and fitness centers. The

you how excited we are about


entering this market and providing

Family YMCA,

another option for cancer treatment.”

located in the Healthplex on

the philosophy set by company

Highway 34

founder Dick Stephenson.

East, offers every available

Stephenson could afford any

health and

treatment option on the market, but

fitness option

was unable to find a facility that

in a 65,000-

offered both the medical care and


personal care he was seeking.

facility that includes an

implemented a treatment and

indoor pool

personal care philosophy that

and walking

became known as the MotherCare


treatment protocol.


CTCA features cutting-edge

court, wellness

technology including surgery and

center and

chemotherapy, but also treats

group exercise

patients through nutrition, exercise,


relationships, spiritual outreach, acupuncture and massage,

One hour optical on premises

Crossroads Podiatry

just about

developed bladder cancer years ago,

Stephenson started CTCA and



achieved such success by following

When Stephenson’s mother

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Coweta is also home to a host of

the calls we’re already getting from

CTCA officials say their firm has

Dr. Amy Jeffries

social services. Mental health

officer for CTCA, told local business the Mecca of health care. I know all

Eye care provided by Newnan native

The 10,000-square-foot facility

venture and is expected to draw Jack Moore, chief marketing


Officials hope the 50-bed, 200,000-square-foot hospital will

Centers of America. The 50-bed

The facility will be the Illinois-

to live. With facilities like these in

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Coweta women stay fit by running with their ‘peeps’ By Meredith Leigh Knight

hirteen women – each unique, each with a story, all on a journey – together. There’s Maria Hineline, originally from Portugal; Barbara Guilot, who hails from Pittsburgh, Pa. but calls Georgia home; Laney Smith, a dentist from Augusta; Barbara Hoegger from Switzerland; Robyn Chenowith, who moved here from California via


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The Peeps, a group of women runners from Coweta County, combine friendship and fitness.

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In their more formal attire, “the peeps� gathered for a photo. Front row, from left, are Teddy Lyle, Robyn Chenowith, Nancy Fisher; second row, Yvonne Conaway, Charlene Paine, Sally Eaton; third row, Maribel Hazelton, Shiela Ryan, Maria Hineline; and fourth row, Barbara Hoegger, Laney Smith, Barbara Guilot, Kathy Harlan. Below, the runners enjoy an ING half marathon together.


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[Health] Tennessee; Shiela Ryan, a self-

“I know how we can get a really

too, was going to give it a try.

described “army brat�; Nancy

cool t-shirt,� Smith said to Guilot,

Fisher, a periodontist assistant and

the organizer of the group, after a

fact that only one member, Eaton,

singer who moved to the county in

cycle class. “All we have to do is run

was a runner, the “peeps� were

1988; Sally Eaton from Wyoming;

a half-marathon.�

crossing the finish line. That was

Charlene Paine from Arizona; Maribel Hazelton from Panama; Kathy Harlan from Melbourne,

“What? I can do that,� said Nancy, overhearing them. “You can’t run a half-marathon,�

Fla.; Teddy Lyle, an exercise

Robyn Chenowith’s husband said

instructor; and lucky number 13,

when she went home to tell him she,

“ ... How many places can you go where you meet women from so many different walks of life who get along so well?� — Barbara Guilot

Yvonne Conaway, a nurse. What do they have in common? They are all members of a running group they call “The Peeps,� a collection of Coweta ladies who have step-by-step become like sisters. Their paths first crossed at the Summit Family YMCA and began with an unusual quest.

Not long after that, despite the

two years ago, and the women, ages 32-49, all mothers, are still going strong, and gathering new members – or peeps – as they go. The women all bought Jeff

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At left, Teddy Lyle, Robyn Chenowith, Shiela Ryan, Nancy Fisher, Maria Hineline, Yvonne Conaway and Charlene Paine enjoy running together for fitness. Above right, Nancy, Robyn, Shiela and Teddy hit the trail. Galloway’s Complete Guide to

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would have it, Eaton spotted them

Following his instructions, the

It was on one of those paths

group started slowly – as in running

that they added Eaton and their

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[Health] see a bunch of gals running together,” said Eaton. “The next day

working their way up to marathons. “My long-term goal is to run at

special about this area,” said Guilot, who is moving to Germany for a

I overheard them talking in yoga

least a half-marathon in all 50

year with her husband, who is in

class at the Y about registering for

states,” said Fisher. “I love to run for

the Army. “The first time we came

the ING half-marathon and then

charities such as breast cancer. I ran

here, we were just looking for

realized they were the ones I saw in

my first full marathon this year at

something close to Fort McPherson

Peachtree City. They had gotten lost,

age 45 in Jacksonville, Fla. to

and then we met the people. They

and I mentioned the Garmin

support breast cancer research and

were social and friendly. Coweta

(Global Positioning System). Now

will run it again in 2011. … I have

really offers an enjoyable way of

several of us have them, and no one

grown to love my peeps; they

life. How many places can you go

gets lost. Since running with the

complete my life, really. They are a

where you meet women from so

peeps I’ve run several races,

wonderful group of ladies. I don’t

many different walks of life who get

including my first full marathon in

know how I lived without them

along so well?”

Jacksonville, and had lots of fun

before. For me, running is the

with them.”

perfect analogy for our Christian

here. These women are my Georgia

walk – ‘Let us run with patience the

sisters,” said Paine. “We are always

“Peephood” and the reward of

race set before us’ – some good

willing to help each other. It doesn’t

Starbucks coffee afterward, the

days, some bad days, some days

matter what time of day, if there is

women found themselves running

that we have to be carried by others,

an illness or death or good news,

farther each time. Today they run

some days where we stop on the

they are the people we go to right

twice a week as a group, each

side of the road and rest. The

away. They aren’t just friends from

suggesting new races to earn “cool”

analogy goes on and on really.”

the gym; they are friends we rely

Through the support of their

t-shirts, with several members

“A lot of us don’t have family

“We knew there was something


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