Support urged for cancer hospital

By JEFF BISHOP jbishop@newnan.com The Coweta County Development Authority is urging members of the community to write letters of support for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America facility proposed for Newnan. "This is serious business," said authority Chairman David Brown. "We are not going to stumble on this. It's just too important."
The Division of Health Planning, Georgia Department of Community Health, is now reviewing the application for a Certificate-of-Need for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America of the Southeast Inc. CTCA is planning a new cancer treatment hospital in Newnan off Newnan Crossing Bypass across from Ashley Park. The site is land owned by developer Stan Thomas' Thomas Enterprises and fronts Interstate 85 south of the J.C. Penney store. A public notice from the state Department of Community Health shows the application for the $179,767,423 hospital project was filed July 20, deemed incomplete Aug. 3, and then deemed complete Aug. 24. The project contact person for the company is David Kent. The department is reviewing the proposal under Georgia's health planning law, which seeks to avoid the unnecessary duplication of expensive health care services, equipment and facilities, said Fredia Bradford of the Division of Health Planning, Office of General Counsel. The department may schedule a public hearing during its review, Bradford said. However, the department welcomes any comments and would consider them during the review process, Bradford said. Any interested person may submit information concerning the project to: The Georgia Department of Community Health, Office of General Counsel, 2 Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30303-3159; www.dch.georgia.gov . The notice lists a 60-day deadline at Oct. 23 and a decision deadline of Dec. 22. "We've been soliciting letters, but I don't know how many we may need," said Brown. He urged board members to ask their friends and business contacts to get involved. "We may be calling on some people to help," said Brown. Brown said he's heard some compelling personal stories during the past several weeks as he's made the rounds. "And now we have a chance to get this cancer treatment hospital right in our own neighborhood," said Brown. "So we need to get up those letters of support. "I don't think we're going to have any problem with getting the CON," Brown said. "But you never know.


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