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New era begins at Piedmont Henry Hospital

File Photo: Henry Medical Center was officially renamed Piedmont Henry Hospital, on Sunday. The change is part of the Stockbridge facility’s new affiliation with Piedmont Healthcare.

File Photo: Henry Medical Center was officially renamed Piedmont Henry Hospital, on Sunday. The change is part of the Stockbridge facility’s new affiliation with Piedmont Healthcare.

Throughout this week, local residents are expected to see evidence of Henry County’s new affiliation with Piedmont Healthcare.

Henry Medical Center, on Sunday, officially became Piedmont Henry Hospital. Executives from Piedmont Healthcare met with their newest employees at the Stockbridge hospital, to welcome them into the larger health-care organization, which now includes five community hospitals.

“This process was first initiated in the spring of 2010, with the knowledge that an affiliation with another health-care organization would benefit the residents of Henry County and the community as a whole,” said Charles F. Scott, president and chief executive officer of Piedmont Henry Hospital.

“In Piedmont Healthcare, we have found an organization that shares our commitment to this community and a strong history of clinical excellence. The future of health care in Henry County is a bright one.”

The partnership will be unveiled, officially, with a ceremony at the hospital, Thursday, at 2 p.m., according to Jim Taylor, media relations representative for Piedmont Healthcare.

“During the first week of January, the community will start to see signage changes that will continue over the next couple of months,” said Taylor. “Piedmont Henry Hospital will continue to provide residents with access to the doctors and nurses that they have seen at Henry Medical Center, but behind them will be the resources and expertise of the Piedmont Healthcare system.”

To celebrate the partnership, Piedmont Healthcare executives, on Sunday, gathered at Piedmont Henry Hospital for the 2012 New Year’s Resolution Run 5K/10K. Piedmont Healthcare leaders ran beside Piedmont Henry Hospital employees, during the event.

“What better way to mark the New Year and a new union, than by running alongside one another for a good cause,” said Ed Lovern, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Piedmont Healthcare. “Piedmont Henry Hospital brings together two organizations dedicated to serving their local communities, cementing the prospect of enhanced health care in Henry County.”

Leaders at the former Henry Medical Center, on April 15, 2011, selected Piedmont as the hospital’s affiliation partner. The Federal Trade Commission approved the merger in August of that year, and the Georgia Attorney General’s Office signed off on the partnership, in November.

Piedmont Henry Hospital is a 215-bed, not-for-profit community hospital with programs dedicated to cardiovascular care, orthopaedics, surgery, critical care, women’s health, emergency and diagnostics. It has more than 400 physicians on staff and nearly 500 nurses.

Piedmont Healthcare, a not-for-profit organization, is the parent company of Piedmont Hospital, in Atlanta; Piedmont Fayette Hospital, in Fayetteville; Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, in Jasper; and Piedmont Newnan Hospital, in Newnan; and, now, Piedmont Henry Hospital, in Stockbridge. The health-care group also includes Piedmont Heart Institute, the Piedmont Physicians Group, the Piedmont Clinic physician network, and the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation, a philanthropic entity for private fund-raisers.

For more information on Piedmont Henry Hospital, visit piedmonthenry.org. For more about Piedmont Healthcare, visit piedmont.org.