Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Twelve years ago, when the new millennium arrived, if you had asked Coweta County residents what the two greatest needs were in our community, the answers may have been improved health care/medical facilities and more opportunities for college education.
Despite a sour economy for the past three or four years, our community has made and is continuing to make great strides in addressing health care and local college programs.
The health-care needs already have dramatically improved following the opening of the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital on Poplar Road at Interstate 85 and with the opening of the Cancer Treatment Center of America hospital on Newnan Bypass near Ashley Park. In addition, a new, modern Coweta Health Department has opened on Hospital Road, and the Samaritan Clinic is operating in the former health department building on Jackson Street.
These advances in health care facilities are bringing more doctors and other health care operatives to the community. In fact, some people say our community is becoming the health-care mecca of the south side of metro Atlanta.
Regarding additional college offerings, we are making tremendous strides in allowing Cowetans to get their degrees here at home. Already the University of West Georgia, West Georgia Technical College, Mercer University and Brewton-Parker College have expanded or created degree programs here.
And the exciting news is, even greater things are ahead.
West Georgia Technical College will open its stand alone Coweta County campus in September 2013 off Turkey Creek Road east of Interstate 85. This new campus will usher in a new era in technical college and adult education in our community.
In addition the community has rallied around the University of West Georgia’s plans to move its Newnan Center campus from Shenandoah Boulevard to the former Newnan Hospital campus on Jackson Street at Clark Street in downtown Newnan. This will allow more expansion of degree programs and course offerings in Newnan.
Mercer University, which began degree programs within the past decade here, is interested in a greater presence in our community.
In health care and in higher education, the institutions involved and many people in our community have shown a commitment and a dedication to this community that has enhanced our quality of life.