CTCA working toward Aug. 15 opening

By REBECCA LEFTWICH
rebecca@newnan.com
The countdown has begun at Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Newnan location as the facility prepares to welcome its first patients Aug. 15.
Kane Dawson, president and CEO of CTCA’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center, updated the Coweta County Development Authority on the center’s progress Thursday.
“Our team on the ground is very excited,” Dawson said. “That’s what we’re about, helping people.”
Dawson said 700 people turned out for CTCA’s recent job fair, and another is planned for May 8. CTCA has hired 50 people and relocated another 60 from its existing operation, leaving 70 hard-to-fill professional and clinical jobs – among them technicians, radiology, pharmacy and nursing – to fill in the next 60 days. But Dawson said he is confident in CTCA’s ability to attract quality employees.
“Our model is unique and our purpose is very specific,” he said. “A lot of (qualified healthcare workers) get caught up in large systems and want to get back to bedside care.”
CTCA is licensed for 50 beds but built 25, which according to Dawson should be sufficient for now.
“Most care is delivered on an outpatient basis these days,” he said. “We don’t need that many beds, so 25 will accommodate us for a couple of years.”
However, “We are planning on major growth at each of the centers including here,” he said.
Dawson praised the community for its warm welcome and said the Newnan location of CTCA is ideal for caregivers and family traveling with clients to be treated there.
“This site is really the most idea of all of our locations because of its proximity to historic downtown and Ashley Park,” he said, adding CTCA plans to provide shuttles and golf carts for transportation of clients and other guests. The facility’s site is between Newnan Crossing Bypass and Interstate 85, east of Ashley Park. The hospital building can be seen from I-85.

This weekend, stakeholders and local clergy will hold a blessing ceremony for the building, which will welcome the public for its grand opening ceremony Sept. 18.



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