HealthSouth facility scheduled to open Dec. 2

by Bradley Hartsell


Newnan Mayor Keith Brady, left, talks with Newnan HealthSouth CEO Ilona Wozniak, middle, and Director of Marketing Operations Jeanie Thomas as they tour the building under construction. 

Progress for HealthSouth’s new facility is on track for a Dec. 2 opening, which will add to the town’s growing collection of health facilities.

Other recently opened projects include the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital on Poplar Road and Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, which is also undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion.

Groundbreaking was March 27 for the 55,000-square-foot rehabilitation center being built off Newnan Crossing Boulevard. Five months later, the building is standing and is being outfitted with more specific indoor construction and finishings of the hospital.

“[The construction] is moving really fast,” said HealthSouth Director of Marketing Operations Jeanie Thomas. “Every day I wake up, it’s so exciting because there’s so many new things to do in order to complete the opening of this hospital.”

HealthSouth will be a rehabilitation hospital equipped to treat patients in need of recovering their independence, anywhere from stroke victims to orthopedic injuries. CEO of HealthSouth in Newnan Ilona Wozniak says the average stay at the inpatient facility will be two weeks. The facility will have 50 beds, all in private rooms, and all located on one floor for better accessibility.

Wozniak says HeathSouth has been working with Piedmont Newnan and CTCA to create a synergy of healthcare treatment programs for patients.

“This is a special project. This is once in a lifetime,” said Wozniak. “The excitement is about having a higher level of care for patients in need of rehab. And to provide that with the support of the community, and to help create new jobs and economic development for the community is very important.”

“The patients who need us is what it’s all about,” added Thomas, who noted how even in a rehabilitation hospital, community is developed. “You find camaraderie of sorts between rehab patients. A friendship develops and they end up keeping in contact even after they leave.”

The ability to boost health care locally is something Newnan Mayor Keith Brady is proud of.

“There’s a lot of people recruiting specialities here in Newnan,” said Brady during a tour of the progress this week. “We’re still working on getting a mental health hospital, but we’ve got a special ability to provide health care in our area.”

“We continue to work on [health care] and be committed to it,” he added. “We have to continue to build on the health industry here in Newnan.”

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