Newnan, Ga. (May 25, 2012) – On Friday, May 25, Piedmont Newnan Hospital hosted a reception and tour for elected officials, which included a presentation by Georgia State Representative Lynn Smith and Senator Mike Crane of a State Senate and House of Representatives resolution. The resolution recognizes and commends Piedmont Healthcare and Piedmont Newnan Hospital for their dedication to improving the lives of Coweta's residents and Georgians through the provision of quality healthcare services.
Elected officials including United States Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, State Representative Lynn Smith, State Senator Mike Crane, Coweta County Commissioner Bob Blackburn, Sharpsburg Mayor Wendell Staley, Grantville Mayor Jim Sells, Newnan City Councilmen Ray DuBose and Rhodes Shell, Senoia City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Owens, and representatives from Johnny Isakson’s and Saxby Chambliss' offices were in attendance.
Nathan Nipper, vice president and COO of Piedmont Newnan Hospital, welcomed elected officials at 10 a.m. on Friday to the hospital. Nipper gave a presentation on the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital, which was followed by a brief question and answer session. The topic of the Interstate 85 interchange at Poplar Road was addressed, at which time Congressman Westmoreland commented on its current status.
"Recently, the Georgia Department of Transportation held a group vote and approved the value engineering study and the concept plan for the new interchange at I-85 and Poplar Road," said Congressman Westmoreland. "This is the first step in approvals to move forward with the interchange. Our next step is to go through the Federal Highway Administration and obtain the necessary approvals there. We’re planning to give it a week or so to get to administration before we make some calls to see if we can’t expedite that approval process."
Following the presentation, the elected officials presented the hospital with House Resolution HR 1950 and Senate Resolution SR1255. They were then led on a tour of the new facility on Poplar Road.
The Resolution recognizes and commends Piedmont Newnan Hospital and Piedmont Healthcare for their dedication in healthcare to the Coweta county community. Piedmont Newnan Hospital recently relocated to a 136-bed, state-of-the-art facility on Poplar Road. An investment of more than $162 million was made for the construction and the creation of what will be one of a few LEED-certified hospitals in Georgia.
“We are honored to receive this commendation on the heels of moving into our new home on Poplar Road,” said Nipper. “Our employees, physicians and volunteers have worked tirelessly to make this hospital dream become a reality. On behalf of the hospital, I’d like to thank all of our elected officials for recognizing our efforts to improve healthcare in the Coweta county community and the state of Georgia.”
Excerpts from the Resolution state: “Each Coweta hospital job supports 1.4 additional jobs in the overall economy and every dollar spent by a hospital supports almost $1.54 in additional business activity;” “Piedmont Newnan Hospital has more than 800 employees and produces an economic benefit of more than $157 million to the local community and the state of Georgia.” Both House and Senate resolutions are available to read in full text online at http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20112012.
The new Piedmont Newnan Hospital, now located at 745 Poplar Road, officially opened on Tuesday, May 8. For more information on the new hospital and the services offered, visit piedmontnewnan.org.