50-bed rehab hospital planned

HealthSouth Corporation announced Thursday that its state certificate of need has been approved and plans will move forward to build a 50-bed comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Newnan.

“We look forward to bringing this new hospital and the much needed comprehensive, inpatient rehabilitation services to the residents of Coweta, Fayette and south Fulton counties,” said Linda Wilder, president of the southeast region for the Birmingham, Ala.-based HealthSouth.

“We also are grateful for the tremendous, positive support we received from the community, its leaders and local health care providers, including Piedmont Health System.”

“HealthSouth’s commitment to locating a comprehensive inpatient physical rehabilitation hospital in our community reinforces the city of Newnan’s desire to provide excellent health care services to local and regional residents,” said Newnan Mayor Keith Brady. “This project enhances the city of Newnan’s promise of creating an economically-sustainable environment that stimulates a modern and growing economy, producing wealth for residents and businesses, strengthening existing and future industry clusters and diversifying the city of Newnan’s economic base.”

Construction on the approximately 55,000-square-foot hospital will begin in the fourth quarter of 2013. It will be located on a site in the area of Newnan Crossing Boulevard East and Poplar Road, near where medical offices are being built across from the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

The proposed 50-bed hospital will provide patients with access to specialized rehabilitation programs and innovative equipment and technology — including electronic medical records — and is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2014. The development of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan represents a $22 million investment in the community and, once fully operational, is expected to generate more than 125 new, full-time jobs and approximately 300 construction jobs.

“This is a milestone event for the city of Newnan and Coweta County,” said Terry Daviston, chairman of the Coweta County Development Authority. “The new hospital will foster economic development and create jobs, and we look forward to adding HealthSouth’s specialized rehabilitative care to the strong network of other health-care services offered in our area.”

In December 2012, HealthSouth received a certificate of need from the Department of Community Health to build a 50-bed comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Newnan, Ga.

The certificate of need was later appealed and that appeal has since been resolved.

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