For Gordon Hospital Chief Operating Officer Brandon Nudd, the newly opened Adairsville Health Park is all about consolidation.
"We've been in the Adairsville community for a number of years, with different services — primary care, some specialty services with rehab," he said at Thursday afternoon's ribbon cutting ceremony. "Really, having a consolidated approach in this building, we feel will really benefit the folks in the community, and we'd love to see it grow and add more services."
The roughly 12,000 square foot facility at 21 Commerce Parkway off GA. 140 opened last December. It replaces two smaller Gordon Hospital-affiliated facilities in Adairsville and adds several new specialties, including X-ray imaging and orthopedic services.
The new facility is home to Gordon Hospital Adairsville Family Medicine, Northwest Georgia Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and PT Solutions. Onsite physicians include family medicine specialists Byron Littlefield, Benjamin Smith and Rachel Turner, orthopedics and sports medicine specialists Stephen King and Josh Slatky and lifestyle medicine specialist Julia Danforth.
"Right now we have six providers that are working here," Nudd said. "We feel it could probably go up to eight."
Gordon Hospital, which employs about 1,200 people, currently has facilities in five counties. It is a member of the Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with more than 40 hospitals in nine states.
Gordon Physicians Group Director of Practice Operations Michael Briscoe said the Adairsville Health Park expansion certainly opens up plenty of new possibilities and opportunities for the hospital and its physicians.
"It's an integrative approach, focusing on the patient as a whole and providing full-on services here," he said. "This enables us to grow more and offer more community services ... potentially, we'd like to add more specialties."
Dr. Byron Littlefield praised the new health park, describing it as "awesome," "beautiful" and a great place to come to work.
"It gives us more space and it gives us more facilities," he said. "We hope that we continue to grow ... we have a lot of land available out to the west of us here, so there's room to expand if we need to expand."
While Nudd said he'd love to increase Gordon Hospital's presence in Bartow, for the time being his focus is squarely on ensuring Adairsville Health Park's success.
"It's not necessarily an entry into the market, but it's definitely a significant investment with a new building like this, where we're definitely able to make a footprint," Nudd said, "and make a commitment to the Adairsville community that we're going to be staying a long time and really focusing on their health and wellness."
County Commissioner Steve Taylor said he's certainly happy to have the new investment in Bartow.
"A lot of communities have no health care providers, especially in rural Georgia," he said. "Here in Bartow County, we have several and we're grateful for that. Gordon Hospital is a great hospital, and they seem to focus on family medicine and have a really great reputation. We're proud to have them here."
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