Piedmont Newnan mostly unaffected by ice storm

by Bradley Hartsell

During the bout of wintry weather in Coweta and much of north Georgia Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Piedmont Newnan Hospital, for the most part, remained business as usual.

Due to dangerous icy conditions, Piedmont Newnan rescheduled all elective surgical and outpatient services slated for Wednesday and Thursday, but had retained a surgical call team on site since Tuesday to handle all emergency surgeries.

Though thousands in Coweta County have been without power during the ice storm, Piedmont Newnan on Poplar Road reported no power outages at the hospital. In preparation for the adverse weather conditions, workers did their best to ice-proof the campus.

“Our engineering team worked very hard to ensure our campus was as safe as possible for those who were here during the inclement weather period. They began applying pretreatment Tuesday at midnight to all hospital campus walkways and entrances,” said Kelly Hines, public relations spokesperson for Piedmont Newnan.

“We had five to six engineering staff here around the clock beginning Wednesday at 4 a.m., and they will all be here until later this afternoon [Thursday],” she said. “Many of our engineers picked up staff who were stranded or needed assistance getting to work.”

Hines also said that to provide better-prepared medical services during the storm, the hospital had 90 members stay overnight on Tuesday and 115 to stay Wednesday night.

“With the help of our wonderful hospital leaders, these dedicated staff members set up camp here, took amazing care of our patients, and they even had some fun, too, working together as a team and having some good bonding time,” said Hines.

Despite the hospital’s mostly business-as-usual approach, one big event was a casualty of the storm. Piedmont Newnan is postponing the Healthy Heart Fair, which was scheduled for Saturday.

Piedmont Newnan will contact everyone who registered for the event to notify them of the rescheduling. The event, set to be located at Piedmont’s Francis Way location in Sharpsburg, will allow participants to educate themselves on heart health. Participants can take advantage of free health screenings, including blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol and glucose screenings. They will also have the opportunity to consult with clinicians and hospital staff about disease prevention, fitness maintenance and tips to improve health and well-being, upon rescheduling. In addition, free healthy heart educational materials, fitness and cooking demonstrations will be provided by Live Better Coweta and Fayette, when the fair sets its next date.

Fearing the weather would have a potential impact on attendance, Piedmont Newnan reported they are currently in the process of looking for future dates to reschedule the Healthy Heart Fair.



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