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Piedmont Henry Hospital celebrates new affiliation

Photo by Jason A. Smith
County leaders and Piedmont Henry Hospital staff celebrated the beginning of a partnership with Piedmont Healthcare, Thursday. Officials at the Stockbridge hospital selected Piedmont as its affiliation partner in 2011.

Photo by Jason A. Smith County leaders and Piedmont Henry Hospital staff celebrated the beginning of a partnership with Piedmont Healthcare, Thursday. Officials at the Stockbridge hospital selected Piedmont as its affiliation partner in 2011.

Henry County’s community hospital has gone public with its new Piedmont Healthcare affiliation.

The partnership between Piedmont and the former Henry Medical Center — now Piedmont Henry Hospital — was officially unveiled Thursday, along with a new sign overlooking the hospital’s Eagle’s Landing Parkway entrance.

Charles F. Scott, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Piedmont Henry Hospital, said the event marked the culmination of a two-year journey for the county, and the local health-care industry.

Scott told about 200 people attending the unveiling, that Piedmont Healthcare is the “perfect partner” for the Stockbridge hospital.

“I know that this partnership will result in tremendous benefits for our hospital, for our patients, for our staff and for our community,” he said. “Not only is Piedmont a successful, strong, progressive organization that has a great reputation for providing excellent patient care and outstanding service. It also has a stellar track record of success in all of its affiliated community hospitals, in elevating the performance of those hospitals.”

Henry Medical Center officially became Piedmont Henry Hospital, on Sunday. The partnership joins the Stockbridge facility with the larger health-care organization’s four other community hospitals –– in Atlanta, Fayetteville, Jasper, and Newnan.

Piedmont Healthcare also oversees the Piedmont Heart Institute, the Piedmont Physicians Group, the Piedmont Clinic physicians network, and the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation, a philanthropic entity for private fund-raisers.

Piedmont Healthcare President and CEO R. Timothy Stack said Thursday’s occasion marked a wonderful day for his organization, and for Henry County. Stack said he was confident, throughout the hospital’s selection process for an affiliation partner, in Piedmont Healthcare’s ability to serve the needs of Henry and its surrounding communities.

“We were always very comfortable that we were going to be the chosen party, and we were always very comfortable that Henry [has] great people to be associated with,” said Stack.

Jeff Mills served as the chairman of an affiliation steering committee for the former Henry Medical Center, and was recently named as a board member for Piedmont Henry Hospital. Mills said, although the process of whittling down partnership candidates took nine months, hospital officials had been working toward an affiliation for the last year and a half.

“It’s been a long, very meticulous and detailed process,” said Mills. “We’re pleased that it’s finally here, and we’re excited. We’re looking forward to the future. This is a great step forward.”

Last month, Jim Taylor, media relations representative for Piedmont Healthcare, said additional signage changes are expected to take place at the hospital in the coming weeks. He said Piedmont Healthcare will also work with hospital staff, to enhance the level of service provided to patients.

“Piedmont Henry Hospital will continue to provide residents with access to the doctors and nurses that they have seen at Henry Medical Center,” said Taylor. “But, behind them will be the resources and expertise of the Piedmont Healthcare system.”

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.

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