On Wednesday, state and local officials were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for a $150 million cancer hospital that aims to draw two-thirds of its patients from out of the state. The economic impact of that 50-bed private hospital is estimated at $500 million during its first five years of operation, according to its owners, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
About a mile away, Piedmont Healthcare is constructing a 136-bed, full-service hospital. Piedmont's commitment to build was a factor in Cancer Treatment Centers' location decision.
"We felt if they were willing to invest in this part of metro Atlanta the way that they have, then it should make sense for us," said David Kent, the vice president of operations of CTCA's Newnan facility.
"We look forward to partnering with them in any way we can and the whole healthcare community down here in the southern part of Atlanta."
Modern hospitals not only attract patients, but also doctors. Having two under development in the same area could multiply the attraction of them individually. That's because neither would be large enough to attract some specialists by themselves, but a neurologist or plastic surgeon affiliated with both could develop a flourishing practice that also draws out-of-town patients, according to Dr. Steven Staniford, the medical chief of staff at CTCA's Philadelphia hospital.