More justification needed by WellStar
March 12, 2014 04:00 AM | 2698 views | 3 3 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print

WellStar Health System has run roughshod over the community in which it works for years. Having absolutely no regard for the sensitivities of the area, historically and in reality, WellStar has adversely affected the quality of life for the entire neighborhood.

It is true that under the current law, hospital development authorities need not answer to either city or county governments or citizens as to how they develop their properties. This does remind one of the way that other development authorities in Cobb have behaved in recent months — above the law and apart from the community.

I would point out WellStar is not only planning a pedestrian bridge over Church Street (and I would like to know the DOT’s comments on the advisability of it) but also a huge 80,750 square foot building,which will block sun and air from the block below as well as increasing traffic and noise.

My family and I live and work within walking distance of WellStar. The historic nature of the area, the beautiful trees, the pride with which people in the area maintain their properties are reasons why we live where we do. Have you been in the areas around major city hospitals? Is that the direction in which we wish historic Marietta to go? Further, I have seen no justification for this enormous expansion of the WellStar facility. No mention of a reason why, no numbers. I have noted, however that there is a concurrence between the Board of Trustees of WellStar and the Board of the Hospital Development Authority.

Deirdre Johnson


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Ben Twomey
March 13, 2014
I suggest neither the writer nor the commenter unable to remember his name, have ever had to avail themselves of the services of this state of the art health care facility. Had they been, they would be singing its praises rather than dissing it,as some prehistoric monster set to gobble up Marietta.

WellStar is prized asset to Marietta and Cobb County. Or do you think transporting a patient, in critical condition, to Northside, or Grady makes sense? By all means, let a heart attack patient die on the way to Grady so you can have your sunshine and traffic free streets.

By the way, was the hospital there when you moved there? Did you expect it to stay the same size as the population of the are exploded? If so, then you owe you dissatisfaction to your own short sightedness.

Also, where were you, several years back, when some of us were protesting the destruction of historical homes in order to build a Starbucks, within 100 yards of the hospital?
Hank Moody
March 12, 2014
Let's not build state of the art hospitals in Cobb everybody...Deidre needs her sun and air.

traffic mess
March 12, 2014
WellStar has taken over, enveloped and almost consumed a once beautiful part of Marietta. The traffic is a mess, thanks to them, and heaven alone knows where it will all end. Maybe up on the Square. And one thing people need to remember, all of this has to do with the bottom line. Money talks.
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