Support the behavioral hospital for our seniors

I am in support of Newnan having a behavioral hospital for several reasons. The main focus for me concerns our senior population.

As the executive director of Savannah Court PCH/Retirement community, I see reasons every day that our seniors in Newnan and the surrounding counties could benefit from having a local hospital that can address the needs of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. There have been many times when one of our residents that resided in our Memory Care would have the need for medication evaluation in a controlled setting by a psychiatrist and trained mental health staff.

I would have to contact Wesley Woods of Atlanta or other hospitals that provided this treatment, some as far away as Snellville. Sometimes it has been weeks before we could secure a bed at one of these hospitals. I received a letter recently that Wesley Woods of Atlanta (please note: not our Wesley Woods here in Newnan) will be closing their behavioral hospital for seniors.

Our senior citizens deserve a local behavioral hospital that can treat our residents when they are in need without having to drive to Atlanta and faraway places. This places an inconvenience for their elderly spouses and working children. If Newnan is truly going to be a mega medical hub for our area, surely the state sees the need for this Certificate of Need.

Please don’t forget our sick and elderly. Alzheimer’s and dementia can cause severe mental outbursts that need immediate treatment. Savannah Court has trained staff that take care of our residents in our Memory Care, and our local hospital, Piedmont Newnan, does a tremendous job of caring for our residents, but we need this Certificate of Need for a hospital that specializes in behavioral care for the elderly.

Brenda Mitchell 

Newnan



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