WellStar moves forward with pediatric center
by Sheri Kell
October 04, 2012 01:18 AM | 4013 views | 4 4 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The empty building on Barrett Parkway previously occupied by Progressive Lighting will soon be the home of Wellstar's Pediatric Diagnostic Center. Staff/Todd Hull
The empty building on Barrett Parkway previously occupied by Progressive Lighting will soon be the home of Wellstar's Pediatric Diagnostic Center. Staff/Todd Hull
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MARIETTA — WellStar Health System has filed a letter of intent with the state to create a $12.7 million pediatric diagnostic center at 1180 Barrett Parkway NW in Kennesaw, the former site of Progressive Lighting.

WellStar spokesman Keith Bowermaster said the health system filed the required certificate of need application on Aug. 31 and expects to open the center in May 2014. WellStar plans to renovate the 11,650-square-foot former retail building but has not selected the architect and general contractor.

The center will offer pediatric ambient MRI, CT, digital radiography, ultrasound, fluoroscopy and mammography. Bowermaster said WellStar expects to hire at least 12 employees, in addition to radiologists and anesthesiologists that will be on site.

Bowermaster said WellStar physicians stressed the need for additional outpatient pediatric diagnostic services in the area, especially amid expected population increases of nearly 11 percent over the next four years.

“WellStar already sees a lot of pediatric patients, and we see that market only growing,” he said.

WellStar has 80 pediatricians on staff at its Cobb, Douglas and Kennestone Hospitals and 44 pediatricians in the WellStar Medical Group.

County Commissioner Helen Goreham, who represents northwest Cobb, said the addition of medical services in the Town Center area will only add to the quality of life for residents.

“The more comprehensive services present here would also be a plus to those businesses considering relocating to northwest Cobb County,” she said.

In July, Kaiser Permanente expanded its comprehensive care center at 750 TownPark Lane off Chastain Road in Kennesaw by 78,000 square feet. Kaiser’s center offers 24-hour urgent care, as well as high-end imaging and diagnostic services for people of all ages.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has an urgent care location at 2985 George Busbee Parkway in Kennesaw, which offers some diagnostic services.

WellStar has 15 outpatient diagnostic centers in its five-county service area.
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anonymous
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October 05, 2012
Wellstar is the hospital from "Hell". I wouldn't take my child to anything with Wellstar's name. I know too many people who have ended up dead from being treated at Wellstar. Incompetence.

I use Emory in Smyrna if I need a hospital.

Cobb County has been victimized by the monopoly system Wellstar has become.
responder10
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March 04, 2014
You should really be taking your children to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, not Emory. They don't specialize in children.
mammo?
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October 04, 2012
Why mammography in a peds center?
juliay
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October 04, 2012
If only Wellstar had a pediatrics admit floor in their hospitals.(Oh they don't they closed those floors)now if your child needs to be admitted to a hospital you have to go to Scottish Rite a long way from austell or marietta or paulding or douglasville.There needs to be a ped ward at Wellstar hosp-Wake up- Scottish Rite is getting the money and we all know Wellstar is all about the money.Buying up everything so you have to go to a wellstar dr or hosp.They want to care for everything but our children send them to another hosp for treatment if they are ill and need to be admitted.
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