Piedmont Physicians facility of Grantville closing
by Bradley Hartsell
Piedmont Physicians of Grantville will be closing its doors this month.
The facility currently has one full-time doctor, Dr. Altee Johnson. Johnson soon will be taking maternity leave and when she’s able to return to work, she will work with Dr. Patrick Railey at Piedmont Physicians of Sharpsburg, according to Piedmont Healthcare spokesperson Amanda Bartlett.
The Grantville office is expected to close by the end of April, depending on when Dr. Johnson takes her maternity leave, according to personnel at the office.
Grantville Mayor Jim Sells expressed disappointment over the closing but remained optimistic about Grantville’s continued development.
“We’re very disappointed. It’s a service that’s greatly needed to the community,” said Sells. “We’re hoping it’s just temporary and that someone can reopen it in the near future. We are growing, with a population of 3,500, so this is a service the community needs.”
“We’re making so many strides forward, we hate to take one back,” he added, noting Dr. Johnson was very popular amongst the city’s residents. “Dr. Johnson gets so many compliments around town and she’s very well liked. We’re going to have a lot of folks disappointed.”
Sells remained pleased with the progress of Grantville, citing primarily Senoia Drug Company opening a pharmacy in summer 2014, either July 1 or Aug. 1. He said the pharmacy is currently going through regulatory process to get approved.
“We’re very excited about the pharmacy,” Sells said. “The doors in Grantville are wide open and always hopeful and available to accommodate business, especially in the medical field.”
Sells also said he’s been on the phone talking to Coweta County Development Authority. Sells says there’s growing interest not only in commercial development, but industrial development as well.
He also expressed excitement over the Grantville splash park, set for a May 1 opening.
“We can’t make businesses come, but we can improve the quality of life for our residents and businesses’ potential employees,” he said. “We’re really hopeful 2014 starts some real changes for Grantville.”