Full-ser­vice can­cer care re­turns CHI Memo­rial up­grad­ing, reopen­ing Park­way fa­cil­ity

Walker County Messenger - - Front Page - By Mike O’Neal

Since as­sum­ing man­age­ment of the for­mer Hutch­e­son/Corner­stone hospi­tal’s fa­cil­i­ties last De­cem­ber, CHI Memo­rial cease­lessly has worked to­ward re­vi­tal­iz­ing North­west Ge­or­gia’s re­gional hospi­tal.

The main cam­pus in Fort Oglethorpe has main­tained fully­sup­ported emer­gency room ser­vices, up­graded the fa­cil­ity and soon should re­open its surgery cen­ter.

Stand­alone clin­ics in Tren­ton, Chicka­mauga and LaFayette have be­come “go to” providers for pri­mary care in their re­spec­tive mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

CHI Memo­rial-Park­way (formerly Hutch­e­son on the Park­way) has be­come home to CHI Memo­rial Fam­ily Prac­tice As­so­ci­ates-Ring­gold, CHI Memo­rial Pe­di­atric Di­ag­nos­tic As­so­ci­ates and The Chat­tanooga Heart In­sti­tute. Now an­other chap­ter in the story of CHIMe­mo­rial mov­ing into North­west Ge­or­gia is be­ing writ­ten.

On Mon­day, June 25, Ge­or­gia’s Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Health an­nounced its ap­proval of CHI Memo­rial Hospi­tal Ge­or­gia’s cer­tifi­cate of need ap­pli­ca­tion to pro­vide full-ser­vice can­cer ser­vices with new equip­ment at CHI Memo­rial-Park­way in Ring­gold.

The next day, physi­cians and politi­cians — as well as CHI em­ploy­ees and ad­min­is­tra­tors, along with mem­bers of the pub­lic — gath­ered to cel­e­brate be­ing ap­proved to op­er­ate the for­mer Fuller Can­cer Cen­ter and de­scribe how it ben­e­fits the com­mu­nity.

“It was ob­vi­ous from the be­gin­ning that there was a need,” said Larry Schu­macher, CHI Memo­rial CEO and se­nior vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions, South­east Di­vi­sion, Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives.

Pro­vid­ing full-ser­vice can­cer care is part of the ini­tia­tive CHI Memo­rial be­gan sev­eral years ago to ex­pand the avail­abil­ity of qual­ity health­care. That process be­gan sev­eral years ago when a fed­eral judge al­lowed the sale of bank­rupt Hutch­e­son Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s clin­ics to lo­cal gov­ern­ments who in turn leased those fa­cil­i­ties and their man­age­ment to CHI.

That process ad­vanced with the ac­qui­si­tion of the Fort Oglethorpe and Ring­gold cam­puses.

“Our mis­sion is to ex­tend the heal­ing min­istry of Je­sus Christ,” said Andrew McGill, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of strat­egy and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment for CHI. “Each and ev­ery day, we care for each in­di­vid­ual.”

Ca­toosa County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers Chair­man Steven Henry re­called how when he was 18 — 28 years ago — he and his brother were tasked with fer­ry­ing their fa­ther, who died of can­cer, back and forth to Chat­tanooga for his treat­ment.

“Our goal, mine and all the com­mis­sion­ers, is to get

Larry Schu­macher

Dr. Ted Ar­row­smith

Sen. Jeff Mullis

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