Work on Newnan cancer hospital to begin in April

This artist’s rendering shows the new Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospital soon to be constructed in Coweta County’s Ashley Park commercial development off Ga. Highway 34 near I-85. The planned opening of the 200,000 square-foot hospital is anticipated for September 2012.

Issues relating to a delay in beginning construction of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) hospital in Newnan have been resolved. The company earlier this week said site preparation work is expected to begin April 1 with initial construction to begin in June. The planned opening of the 200,000 square-foot hospital is anticipated for September 2012.

“Site preparation for the fifth Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) hospital is set to begin April 1,” said company public relations manager Kristin Schaner. “CTCA completed the purchase of the land and is completing the building and permitting processes necessary to ramp up construction of the state-of-the-art, all-digital facility in June. The hospital will open in September 2012 and will serve cancer patients and their families from across the Southeast.”

CTCA in mid-2009 announced that Newnan had been selected as the site of the company’s first cancer hospital in the Southeast U.S. Last November CTCA said it would be requesting a six-month extension on the facility's initial site work that had been anticipated for December. The hold-up had to do with an issue pertaining to the title to the property.

CTCA director of new business development Pete Govorchin at the time told Newnan officials that problem was linked to financial issues between developer Stan Thomas and the lender, Schaner said.

But all that seems to have changed and CTCA announced earlier this week that site preparation work would soon begin for the 200,000 square-foot hospital in the Ashley Park commercial area just off Ga. Highway 34 and I-85.

As with its other facilities around the country, CTCA is expected to draw a large number of its patients from far beyond the geographic areas served by traditional hospitals providing cancer treatment, the company said.

The Newnan facility is expected to create upwards of 500 jobs and invest $150 million over the first five years of operation. CTCA representatives said previously that the new facility is expected to generate $500 million in economic activity within five years of opening.

With more than two-thirds of its patients expected to come from outside the state of Georgia, patients and their families will contribute to the growth and vitality of the local economy, company representatives said.

CTCA operates regional medical centers in suburban Chicago, Philadelphia, Tulsa and suburban Phoenix and a cancer treatment and wellness center in Seattle.

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