WellStar plans to discuss new health center
by Kim Isaza
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March 27, 2011 12:00 AM | 5846 views | 3 3 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EAST COBB - WellStar executives will meet with citizens Wednesday night regarding the proposed $80 million Health Park the health system hopes to open in August 2013 at Providence and Roswell roads.

The meeting, sponsored by the East Cobb Civic Association, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. It is open to the public.

Joe Brywczynski, a WellStar senior vice president, will be the featured speaker.

WellStar is planning a 250,000-square-foot facility - about the size of a Super Walmart - on 23 acres it owns at 3624 Providence Road, near East Cobb Park.

Providence Road is a two-lane street that leads to Dodgen Middle and Walton High schools, and is surrounded by residential subdivisions. A Goodard School day-care center now sits at the corner.

Although the design is not complete, WellStar expects one building of about three stories visible from Roswell Road. Driveways will likely be on Roswell Road.

"The architects are just now beginning the preliminary site planning process, so the number of stories, as well as the number of buildings, has not yet been determined," said Keith Bowermaster, a WellStar spokesman. "However, we envision no more than a single, three-story building visible from Roswell Road with the possibility of an additional level below grade."

Current projections are for 1,250 surface-level parking spaces, though an underground garage is also possible. WellStar estimates that 350 to 700 doctors and support staff will work at the site.

The health park will likely house doctor's offices, imaging and laboratory services, a sleep center, an urgent care center and a retail pharmacy.

Last September, WellStar received approval for an outpatient surgery center there from the state department of community health in what's known as a certificate of need.

Northside Hospital, though, has challenged that certificate, and the first appeal hearing before an administrative law judge is set for the middle of April, Bowermaster said.

The outpatient surgery center is the only aspect of the health park that requires a certificate of need. Knee and ankle surgeries, tonsillectomies and Lasik eye surgery are some of the more common types of surgeries that could be performed there, according to the health system.
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Eastcobbresident
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April 29, 2011
I agree. I am an East Cobb resident. I don't think it is "necessary" to have a new medical office park developed in our community. Do you not have enough space around the hospital. Certainly the residents here can drive for 10 minutes to get to Kennestone Hospital or Windy hill if we need outpatient surgery.

Come on Wellstar ? We don't need any further traffic on Roswell Road than we already have. Enough already !
SadUseOf Space
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March 31, 2011
I'm with DontWantIt...use existing space...

And do we really need more pharmacy space in East Cobb with Walgreen's, two Publix stores, Target, CVS, CVS, CVS and Kroger all within 2 miles of each other? Not to mention the 'after hours' pharmacy that just opened in the office park across from the proposed site!!

Unless there are doctor's climbing on top of each other in their existing office space, I can't imagine that there is this level of demand in a residential area. Heck, my current cardiologist next to WELLSTAR Kennestone Hospital sits in an office building that's less than 40% occupied.

Let's get off this "build it and they will come" mentality of development please.
DontWantIt
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March 30, 2011
More trees and grass going under the developer's shovel.

More impervious surface added to our beautiful county.

Why?

Why not redevelop one of our many abandoned shopping centers or office parks? Why not put something like this in where there are already paved parking lots destroying our stormwater drainage and polluting our streams, lakes a rivers?

Almight dollar wins again.

That's a shame.

:(

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