With WellStar in your corner, you won't need to wish upon a star for good health and wellness. The not-for-profit WellStar Health System serves four counties in northwest Georgia through five acute care hospitals, a physician group, and an array of outpatient services. The network's hospitals specialize in cardiac and cancer care, diabetes treatments, and women's health; together the five hospitals house about 1,700 beds. WellStar's physician group operates through some 80 locations with more than 400 providers. The network is also home to hospice and home care programs; Atherton Place, an independent living center for senior citizens; and several urgent care facilities.
Other network facilities offer outpatient medical imaging, wound care, and women's health and prenatal care. WellStar operates an outpatient cardiac group called Cardiovascular Medicine (CVM), one of Atlanta's largest cardiology groups, joined the health system. WellStar CVM has 30 doctors practicing out of eight locations scattered throughout the region.
The health system also manages the WellStar Physicians Group, which is installing electronic medical records (EMR) at certain practices to connect patients with their records, no matter which care site they visit. The project calls for EMRs to be put in place throughout the entire medical group as a way to improve quality of care and increase provider access to patient information. WellStar has more than 100 locations and 500 medical providers in 30 specialties.
The organization's WellStar Institute for Better Health provides patients and their families with programs, resources, and educational materials designed to promote healthy lifestyles. The institute also contributes to medical and scientific learning by supporting community-wide programs and keeping health care providers in the know about the latest treatments and procedures.
WellStar Health System has received a Certificate of Need (CON) approval from the Department of Community Health to build a replacement hospital to replace the replace the WellStar Paulding Hospital Paulding County. The state approved WellStar's CON on in late 2011, allowing construction on the $125 million hospital to begin immediately. The replacement hospital will built in Hiram and plans call for the new, larger facility include 30 adult emergency exam rooms, 10 pediatric emergency exam rooms, and six surgery suites. The new hospital will initially open with about 55 inpatient beds and will grow to 112 beds by 2016.
The first element of construction has already begun with the new entrance to the hospital campus. WellStar has developed a plan that will start construction on the hospital, as well as a new medical office building, in April or May 2012, which is two months earlier than projected in the original Hospital plans. The replacement hospital is expected to open in April 2014.
The hospital and adjacent medical office building will be built next to WellStar's existing medical office building in Hiram. When complete, the campus will include an emergency department, comprehensive surgical services, a cancer center, women's imaging and a multitude of other healthcare services. It will also be a completely digital hospital.
The health system grew even more in 2012 when it agreed to buy OrthoSport Physical Therapy for $3.4 million. WellStar's latest gift to itself will be run by OrthoSport's former owner, Kim Chastain. Chastain is now be the executive director of outpatient rehabilitation services at WellStar. – less