'Construction cam' mounted at Piedmont Newnan Hospital site

By JEFF BISHOP jbishop@newnan.com Now the Newnan and Coweta County community can monitor construction of the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital right from a laptop or phone. A live "construction cam" has been placed at the construction site on Poplar Road at I-85 that allows anyone with Internet access to view, zoom and explore live photos at piedmontnewnan.org/construction , the hospital announced.
The live cam is located at the bottom of the Web page. At the top of the page, visitors can peruse detailed architectural drawings of the future hospital. Live images are updated every few minutes or at the request of the viewer. A time lapse feature is also available, allowing viewers to catch up on days worth of construction progress in just a few minutes. Visitors can add photos to their personal albums, e-mail photos to their friends, or share them on social networks. "As most anyone can now see from their home or office, we are making great progress on the replacement hospital project," said Michael Bass, Piedmont Newnan Hospital president and CEO. "We encourage community members to visit the construction Web page for project updates as the construction site begins to look more like a hospital campus each day." In addition to the hospital's construction update site, a new Facebook page has been set up for Piedmont Newnan Hospital at facebook.com/PiedmontNewnanHospital. That long-awaited facility is now going up at a rapid speed as workers put in place the steel for the nine-story hospital. KBR Building Group is charged with the construction of the new campus, which is expected to be completed around February 2012. In 2007, Piedmont Newnan Hospital generated more than $216.3 million in revenue for the local economy, according to a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA). The report also found during the same time period Piedmont Newnan provided more than $8 million in total uncompensated care (not including unpaid costs of Medicaid and Medicare) and sustained more than 866 full-time jobs throughout the Coweta County area. The report revealed that Piedmont Newnan had direct expenditures of more than $87 million in 2007. When combined with an economic multiplier developed by the United States Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, the total economic impact of those expenditures was more than $216.3 million. That economic injection is going to become even more powerful with the construction of the new hospital on I-85. The current Piedmont Newnan facility is a 143-bed, acute-care hospital offering 24-hour emergency services, women's services and general medical/surgical services on Hospital Road in Newnan. Piedmont Newnan currently has approximately 850 employees and a medical staff of more than 150 physicians. The replacement hospital facility will be a 362,376-square-foot, 136-bed facility with nine total floors, more employees, and vastly improved patient access and wayfinding. Piedmont Healthcare has also selected Meadows & Ohly LLC to develop an adjacent medical office building on the same 105-acre campus. The new medical office building, planned to be four stories and 110,000 square feet, is projected to open in late 2011. The building will be leased to physicians in a full range of specialties. Piedmont Newnan Hospital is planning to locate several outpatient services in the building. Another new health care facility -- a new Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospital -- is expected to begin construction later this year in the Ashley Park shopping area, south of the JC Penney store between the Newnan Crossing Bypass and Interstate 85.

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