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Piedmont Henry Hospital an economic generator in the county
by Nneka M. Okona
nokona@neighbornewspapers.com
July 10, 2012 01:33 PM | 1815 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Piedmont Henry Hospital CEO Charlie Scott stands in front of the hospital.
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Piedmont Henry Hospital, one of the five flagship locations of the hospital originally founded in Atlanta, is undeniably an economic booster for Henry County.

Today, the hospital continues a long-standing tradition of quality healthcare — what one could suppose contributes to the $326 million by the nonprofit hospital, according a report by the Georgia Hospital Association.

This amount, reported from 2010, represents revenue that impacted both local and state economic levels.

More than 1,600 employees worked at the hospital that year, and direct expenditures totaled $140 million.

This is a number that CEO Charlie Scott said he is pleased with.

“Given the current state of the economy, we’re proud to be able to provide the jobs and business opportunities we do,” Scott said. “Our hospital is an integral part of Henry County and the surrounding communities and is the foundation for quality of life.”

The biggest levels of revenue went to two departments in particular, according to vice president and chief operating officer Jeff Cooper.

“Surgical services and cardiovascular services are two of the primary service lines that are high volume and generate revenue for our hospital,” said Cooper. “This is not unusual for a community hospital like ours and continues to grow due to the advancement in technologies and the continued increase in population we’ve experienced in our community.”

Despite all the overhead, Piedmont Henry Hospital finds room to give back to charitable causes in the community, according to Cooper.

“There are many community organizations that the hospital supports including, but not limited to, Henry County March of Dimes, Henry County Relay for Life, A Friend’s House, Haven House and Hands of Hope Clinic,” he said.

The facility’s current location, 1133 Eagle’s Landing Parkway in Stockbridge, represents years of transition and growth, as the hospital was known as several other names.

When the facility first opened in 1979, it was known as Henry General Hospital, then Henry Medical Center before its current name.

The transformative nature of the hospital is continual, especially since further developments are on the horizon in the county, Cooper said.

“We are currently beginning the planning process for the development of an ambulatory campus in Locust Grove,” said Cooper. “In 2007, we purchased 48 acres just off Bill Gardner Parkway across from Strong Rock Christian School.”

Cooper said plans for the future facility are still preliminary, although it is likely there will be physician office space, urgent care, wellness and imaging at the campus.
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