Construction begins for HealthSouth rehabilitation hospital
by Bradley Hartsell
A formal groundbreaking was held Thursday for the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan, a 55,000-square-foot facility set to open in December.
The site, at 2101 E. Newnan Crossing Blvd., will create about 120 new jobs in the community, along with the influx of patients and their families who seek Coweta County for comprehensive health needs. Construction work was already under way at the property off Poplar Road not far from Piedmont Newnan Hospital.
“This is incredibly exciting for this community,” said Piedmont Newnan Chief Operating Officer Nathan Nipper. Piedmont Newnan will partner with HealthSouth, which owns the largest operation of rehab hospitals in the country. “I’ve been very impressed with how we’ve been able to work with one another so far in the medical community and we’re proud to now have a neighbor who can bring their talents to the table.”
Next to the groundbreaking site was a tent full of community leaders. Terry Brown, regional vice president of HealthSouth, opened the proceedings and proudly announced construction crews will begin hanging steel next week. Concrete walls were already going up this week.
The HealthSouth rehab hospital is the latest in a series of rapid medical progress in Newnan. Piedmont Newnan Hospital opened its replacement facility on Poplar Road in 2012, the same year Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center opened off Newnan Crossing Bypass. HealthSouth operates in 28 states and Puerto Rico, and, according to Linda Wilder, regional president of HealthSouth Southeast, they hope to expand upon their Newnan property in the coming years.
The facility will consist of 50 all-private rooms, a therapy gym and a cutting edge rehabilitation technologies to those who have experienced anything from stroke to trauma to brain and orthopedic injuries.
As more families move into the Newnan area seeking health care, Mayor Keith Brady welcomed them in advance as he spoke at Thursday’s groundbreaking.
“They will become our friends and neighbors,” said Brady. “They will attend our churches. Their children will attend our schools. They will strengthen our community by seeking out this place for therapy, for healing and to improve their quality of life.”
Nipper reiterated Brady’s sentiments, reinforcing the partnership between Piedmont and HealthSouth. When opened, patients will be able to transition from Piedmont Newnan into the nearby rehab facility.
“Patients and families will seek out Coweta County … as a destination of healing, completely,” said Nipper.