Published Tuesday, March 01, 2011

CTCA hospital site work begins in April

By Jeff Bishop

The Newnan Times-Herald

Site preparation for the fifth Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospital is set to begin in April on Newnan Crossing Bypass in Newnan.

CTCA has purchased the land and is completing the building and permitting processes necessary to ramp up construction of the state-of-the-art, all-digital facility in June. The new hospital will be located across from the Ashley Park shopping center, near JCPenney.

The hospital will open in September 2012 and will serve cancer patients and their families from across the Southeast.

"It is an exciting time for Newnan and Cancer Treatment Centers of America." said Newnan City Council member Clayton Hicks.

"The long-term economic benefits to this region of Georgia are countless, but more importantly the needs of cancer patients throughout the southeastern region will be forever changed. CTCA brings a standard of care, professionalism, and community service that are unparalleled," he said.

"I look forward to the next generation of healthcare in the Southeastern Region of the United States, and watching our community and CTCA grow for many years to come," Hicks said.

"The city of Newnan is very excited for Cancer Treatment Centers of America to come one step closer to opening its doors in Newnan," said Newnan Mayor Keith Brady.

"For our cancer patients locally, and those throughout the region -- this means first-class healthcare will be available in Newnan in the very near future," he said.

"Cancer Treatment Centers of America's reputation for high-quality staff providing innovative, personalized cancer care, will be a welcomed addition to our thriving community. The city of Newnan is ready to assist CTCA in every way possible to facilitate the construction of the hospital. Congratulations to everyone involved," said Brady.

CTCA will join the new Piedmont Hospital and medical office center on Poplar Road as Coweta County's newest medical-related developments -- a synergy which which should lead to Coweta becoming a medical hub for the region, local officials say.

CTCA is a national network of regional, destination hospitals specializing in complex and advance-stage cancer care. Patients typically travel more than 500 miles one way to access the CTCA Patient Empowered CareSM model.

According to a press release issued by CTCA, their medical service delivery model provides "state-of-the-art technology and exceptionally trained, compassionate professionals who deliver personalized cancer treatment; improve quality of life; and offer clear information so patients can understand their disease and treatment options on their terms."

"Having CTCA in Georgia will be a blessing for patients throughout the Southeast," said George Drennan, a Canton, Ga., resident and cancer patient who received treatment at CTCA in Tulsa, Okla. "The new hospital in Newnan offers easier access to CTCA's unique care model that put my needs and the needs of my family first."

In addition to providing high-quality cancer care, the new CTCA facility is expected to provide a boost to the local and state economy. Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue recognized the CTCA project as one of the "State of Georgia's Top 10 Economic Development Projects." The Newnan facility will generate 500 new jobs and $500 million in economic activity over the first five years of operation, hospital officials note.

"Countless patients and caregivers in this region asked us to build a facility closer to them," said Bob Mayo, CTCA vice chairman. "We thank the many members of the state and local community who helped us pave the way for this hospital. We look forward to breaking ground and becoming a visible and valued part of the Newnan and Coweta County communities."

"We are so excited and can't wait for our Newnan hospital to open," said Ann Holsonback, Georgia resident and CTCA board member. "Once this beautiful facility is complete, we will be able to better serve cancer patients in the Southeast and be relieved our patients will no longer need to travel great distances for care at one of our sister hospitals across the country.

Holsonback, daughter of Richard J. Stephenson, who founded CTCA after his mother's devastatingly ineffective cancer treatment experience, added, "We feel blessed to be a part of this great mission and know our grandmother is smiling down upon us as we bring more innovative and hopeful options to cancer patients throughout the Southeast."

More information about CTCA is available on its website, .

"Cancer patients want to be in the driver's seat when making medical decisions -- the most important decisions of their life," said Steve Bonner, president and CEO of CTCA. "Today we share our treatment results with patients and their families on our website to empower them to make their best treatment decisions. Our vision is to work with hospitals across the country to share outcomes collectively so we can learn from one another and improve quality for patients, and most of all to empower oncology patients to find their best treatment option. Open markets and the free flow of information are indispensable to our pursuit of a higher quality-lower cost healthcare industry in the U.S."

"This land purchase takes us one step closer to opening this great facility," said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.

"The emergence of this cancer center is evidence that Georgia is emerging as a leader in the health care industry. As one of Georgia's top economic development projects, Cancer Treatment Centers of America's regional center in Coweta County is not only a great healthcare resource for Georgians and the entire Southeast but also is huge engine for job creation."

"The arrival of Cancer Treatment Centers of America is a huge boost for the economy, and adds to the continued growth of the medical cluster that exists in metro Atlanta," said Hans Gant, Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber. "CTCA will be hiring skilled healthcare professionals that will bring more opportunities and jobs to the area."

"Words can't express how I feel about Cancer Treatment Centers of America," said Ginny Waller, a former CTCA patient who lives in Senoia.

"The fact that they are now going to be in my backyard is something that I have dreamed about since I first found them, because CTCA was not just a place that took care of my cancer, it was a place that took care of me.

"I wasn't a cancer patient at CTCA, I was someone's daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. My experience with CTCA went beyond the traditional patient-doctor relationship," said Waller.

"Every person I came in contact with 'treated' me as if I was their daughter, sister, wife, grandmother or friend. To know this level of care is available to others in similar circumstances as mine here in the Southeastern region is a blessing; not just a blessing for patients but the entire community."

"We are very happy that Cancer Treatment Centers of America is moving ahead with the planned facility here in Coweta County," said Rodney Brooks, chairman of the Coweta County Commission.

"This big step forward represents a vital piece of our economic future, and, even more importantly, a high quality cancer care resource for, not only Coweta citizens, but also citizens from across the southeast."

"This is a major milestone for the project, and, on behalf of the Coweta County Development Authority, we are very pleased that CTCA is moving forward with construction," said David Brown, chairman of the Coweta County Development Authority.

"An important part of the Coweta County economy is health care -- an industry sector that will continue to grow in the future," he said. "CTCA will provide access to high-quality cancer care for patients throughout the southeast while creating jobs locally and helping fuel the economy of our entire region."

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