Cumberland Connector Bus Fare To Be Free By First Pitch

The Cumberland Connector will be getting a new look, revamped routes and a better fare – free – by baseball’s opening day this year.

District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott told the Smyrna Business Association in January that following two public hearings he expects changes to be made. The Red route, serving Home Depot’s headquarters, is expected to be terminated. The Green and Blue Routes, currently both from the Cumberland Transfer Station, will be revamped with the Green route clockwise serving the Windy Hill and Interstate North area and the Blue Route serving Cumberland. They will intersect at SunTrust Park.

“There are changes coming,” Ott said. “The most significant one is that it will be free.”

The buses will be rebranded so that they don’t look like Cobblink buses. The operating costs are covered by Hotel-Motel taxes.

“It will still be operated by Cobblink, but not paid by county dollars,” he said.

“These changes will be done before first pitch,” Ott said.

SunTrust Park and Battery Atlanta should bring in more money for the county in 2018 than the cost of stadium operations. That was the bottom line of a new analysis unveiled by Ott during a Board of Commissioners Work Session in January.

Ott said money generated from the ballpark and development in 2017 came in only $27,210 short of “breaking even” for the county. This was despite the fact the Battery Atlanta development was only 50 percent built out by the end of the year and the Omni Hotel and Comcast Regional Headquarters just opened around the end of the year.

“We originally thought it would take several years for the revenue to exceed the burden on taxpayers,” Ott said. “Now it appears certain that will happen in Year 2.”

Ott says income from the Cumberland Special Service District property tax and hotel/motel fees exceeded expectations.

“The goal should be to not have the property taxpayers pay for any portion of the debt service for the park,” Ott said. “Given the anticipated growth in revenue, I believe that is now a real possibility over the next couple of years.”

From the February 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Fans Love New SunTrust Park

Cobb fans reacted positively to the Braves’ new home at SunTrust Park and even report that the expected traffic problems are less than expected.

“The traffic Armageddon didn’t happen as people had predicted,” said District 2 Commission Bob Ott. “It took me just 11 to 15 minutes to get there from my house.”

The park and The Battery drew praise from those who attended the opening game on April 14 as the Braves beat the San Diego Padres 5 to 2. There was a full house on opening night with 41,149 tickets sold.

“The excitement and energy in the Battery was palpable,” said Jodi A. Miller, a Vinings lawyer. “Of course it was the grand opening, but it looks like it’s going to be everything Cobb County and the Braves hoped it would be. Well done, Cobb County! Welcome home Braves!”

MaryJane LeCroy of Smyrna is a season ticket holder and was impressed.

“We thoroughly enjoyed SunTrust Park during opening weekend,” she said. “The ballpark itself has a more intimate feeling with great views. Food and beverage choices are abundant and go far beyond the standard hot dogs, peanuts and Coke. There certainly is something for everyone.”

Ceremonies marked the opening game with nods to the players who have had their numbers retired, a presentation of Jerseys from Braves top staff to County Commissioners and even a military jet flyover. The first pitch was thrown by Hank Aaron to Bobby Cox, just as they had done to close out the team’s run at The Ted.

Traffic was on the minds of fans and officials before and after the game. Even The Governor chimed in.

“You can get there without any real problem, Gov. Nathan Deal said. “We didn’t even have to use the blue lights.”

“So far, there have been no major traffic problems caused by Braves traffic,” said Ron SIfen of Vinings. “There have been some localized spots on Circle 75 Parkway, Windy Ridge Parkway, and Interstate North Parkway where traffic can back up perhaps a tenth of a mile. The interstates and arterials such as Cobb Parkway have not experienced backups due to anything related to the Braves.”

“Many predicted the Cumberland area would be a bad location, and there was not much transit, and traffic would be much worse than traffic at Turner Field. Braves traffic at Turner Field used to back up I-75 for miles, and traffic around the stadium was terrible. So far, the Cobb County location is proving to be a superior location, and is causing dramatically less traffic problems than the downtown Atlanta location.”

Fans packed the Cumberland Connector bus that ran a loop from the Cumberland Transit Station to the ballpark. Many had gotten on at the MARTA Arts Center Station and caught the CobbLinc bus.

Bruce LaBudde of Smyrna caught the Cumberland Connector on Cobb Parkway to the Battery.

“It was fabulous,” he said, noting that he had a long history of Braves games. “I went to the Braves’ opening game in Atlanta with my dad in 1966.”

Ms. Miller said that she was proven wrong about Braves traffic.

“I just couldn’t see how it could work successfully,” she posted on Facebook. “I could not believe how smoothly traffic moved around the stadium (in the opener). At 5:30 the Windy Hill and SunTrust Park exits were clear and moving well. In fact, you hardly would have noticed that there was a home game.”

From the May 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

MLB App, Traffic Plan Will Get You To Braves’ Games

Arrive early, buy your parking in advance, use Uber and Waze and have patience as opening day approaches April 14 and a sell-out crowd arrives as SunTrust Park, officials advise.

The third phase of the Cobb County Transportation Management was unveiled just prior to the soft opener preseason game March 30. A portion of the plan calls for uniformed officers to be placed at approximately 30 intersections around the new ballpark to support the flow of traffic to and from the 14 primary points of access to the new stadium and The Battery Atlanta.

The traffic plan includes new technology from Uber, the team’s official ridesharing partner. Also, an updated Ballpark app is available, and for offsite parking the Cumberland Circulator is available.

“By working hand in hand with our partners, we have been able to develop a detailed, comprehensive approach to getting to SunTrust Park,” said Mike Plant, president, development for the Braves. “Many elements of this approach are fundamentally different than the fan’s experience at Turner Field. From our partnerships with Uber and Waze to our request that all fans buy their parking in advance, these new tactics deliver a greater suite of choices for our fans. With our exhibition game against the New York Yankees on March 31, it’s important for us to let our fans know how they can access and best utilize these new transportation and parking strategies to provide them with the best experience possible.”

The Braves and their partners – Cobb County Department of Transportation, Cobb County Police Department and Kimley-Horn – are working on a collaborative approach to transportation management. A traffic control center at the stadium is staffed with representatives from each agency and can make adjustments to traffic flow and signage and in real time.

The Braves will offer more than 14,000 parking spaces owned or leased by the organization for game day. This is already 5,000 more spaces than were available at Turner Field, all serving a ballpark that features roughly 8,000 fewer seats. Additionally, Cobb County and the City of Smyrna have issued independent parking permits for several operators in the area, bringing more than 1,200 additional parking spots into play.

Greg Mize, director of digital, urged to use the new MLB app on their phones for getting to, in and around SunTrust Park.

“We have partnered with Waze to get people directly to the park,” he said. Tickets and parking can be linked to the phone app. An artificial intelligence bot on the app can also answer questions about travel, parking and the stadium itself.

Uber is piloting a new technology that makes the pick-up experience faster and more efficient at SunTrust Park.

Riders leaving SunTrust Park will be directed to the Uber Zone, which is located steps from the ballpark along Windy Ridge Parkway, through in-app messaging and physical signage. At the Uber Zone, fans will open their Uber app, set their destination and request a car as usual. Instead of having to navigate to find a specific car and driver, riders will see a personalized PIN code in their app and can simply give it to the next available driver in the Uber Zone.

“Braves fans across metro Atlanta can count on Uber for a reliable ride to and from SunTrust Park,” said Uber Atlanta General Manager Luke Marklin. “As part of our effort to help fans get home as quickly as possible, we are piloting a technology that makes it easier to find your ride when so many people are leaving a game at the same time.”

Braves officials also spoke to the evolution of the game day travel experience at SunTrust Park, one which encourages fans to make a plan in advance of their trip to the ballpark. That plan can be summarized through three key steps, all of which can be achieved through the updated Ballpark app:

  • Buy your ticket in advance: The Braves are the first Major League Baseball team to transition completely to a system of paperless tickets. Whether they are eyeing a game a few months down the road or a few hours beforehand, fans will be able to easily use the Ballpark app to buy their tickets. They’ll also be able to secure tickets by visiting or calling the Braves ticket office at 404-577-9100.
  • Buy your parking in advance: With more than 14,000 spaces dispersed around the ballpark, fans are strongly encouraged to purchase their parking in advance. Doing so will enable them to save money through a discounted advance purchase, as well as receive customized directions directly to their parking lot. The majority of game day lots will require pre-payment, though some will accept credit card payment on site.
  • Trust Waze to get you to the ballpark: An official partner of the Braves, Waze will be receiving real-time information from Cobb County that will better inform fans traveling to the game than other smartphone map apps. Integrated into the Ballpark app, Waze will provide detailed directions to individual parking lots to help spread traffic out across a broader area, while also receiving official updates on traffic conditions around the ballpark.

The Cobb County Transportation Management Plan outlines Cobb County’s strategic approach to managing vehicular and pedestrian access to SunTrust Park. Lt. J.D. Lorens of the Cobb County Police Department focused on how the Operations Center will put that plan into action, coordinating multiple agencies and resources to monitor traffic conditions and using real-time data to respond to any situations that might arise.

“All of the key decision-makers will be working in concert, monitoring what the travel conditions are for fans and commuters,” Lorens said. “This enables us to move quickly, using the most up-to-date data to respond to changing conditions in real-time.”

The Cumberland Circulator, a CObbLink bus service, launched three initial routes on March 31 with a fare of $2.50 and drop-off in front of the park. The Circulator will provide high-frequency service along convenient accessible routes in the Cumberland area, helping to reduce congestion, enhance existing transit service, increase mobility and promote economic activity.

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Vinings Hosts Business Expo March 21

The Vinings Business Association will host its eighth annual Vinings Business Expo on March 21 from 4-7 p.m. at the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Vinings Hotel, 2857 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta.
Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public. Over 30 exhibitors will be featured with information on Vinings-area businesses, restaurants and events. There will also be free food samples, door prizes, drawings and giveaways, including restaurant gift certificates and a cash bar. Association chair Glenn Christian said he expects 600 people or more to attend this year’s event.
“The Expo is an opportunity for Vinings area businesses to showcase their products and services to a different audience they probably have not had access to,” Christian said. “The Expo draws people from all over Cobb and the northwest side of Atlanta.”
Sponsors of the events include The Bright Side Newspaper, Hotel Indigo Atlanta Vinings, Marietta Signs, Fidelity Bank, High Calibre Realty, PC Doc USA, Fidelity National Title, AmFam Vinings, Edward Jones Co., and many others.
Exhibit tables are available for $125 for members and $195 for non-members, and all exhibitors must register and pay in full in advance, online only at  Exhibitor setup is from 3 to 3:45 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Interested businesses, organizations or individuals can sign-up to be exhibitors as long as the link on the association’s website works (it will stop working once 30 have signed up),” Christian said.
Membership in the VBA begins at $95 for 12 months and can be set up online with a credit or debit card.

From the March 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

E-SPLOST Vote Is For Schools

On March 21 voters will decide the fate of the renewal of the penny Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education for the Cobb and Marietta school systems. A positive SPLOST vote will allow for an expected $797 million in revenue beginning in 2019 spread over five years. SPLOST is a one-cent tax on all consumer goods that must be approved by voters in a referendum. Education SPLOST (Ed-SPLOST) receipts can be used only for school-related capital improvements. The current Ed-SPLOST expires Dec. 31, 2018.

“Some 30 percent of the sales tax will be paid by people who live outside Cobb, who come here to shop and dine,” said Susan Thayer, Smyrna area school board member. “Student population growth is going to be in the South Cobb area,” she said. The school system is expecting nearly a 2,000 student increase at Campbell High School and an additional 1,178 in the Mableton and Austell area. “We’ve got to get seats for these kids. If this does not pass, we will need to go to a bond issue,” she said.

Beginning January 1, 2019, SPLOST benefits to the southern Cobb area include funding for:

  • Construction of new or replacement schools, including Harmony Leland Elementary, King Springs Elementary, and a Smyrna area new middle school to relieve overcrowding at Griffin and Campbell middle schools.
  • Construction of additional classrooms at Campbell High and Pebblebrook High. This includes upgrading the cafeteria and building a new theater at Campbell.
  • Security and technology upgrades at all Cobb County Schools.

The first Ed-SPLOST was approved in 1998 and since that time renewal of SPLOST has provided funding for 28 new schools, 2732 new classrooms, hundreds of maintenance improvements, safety improvements and many more improvements.

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SPLOST funds pay for necessary repairs and for construction of new or replacement schools. About 90 percent of the district’s budget goes directly to support the classroom with payment of salaries for teachers, administrators, bus drivers, food service employees, custodians, and other staff. The other 10 percent pays for items such as textbooks and supplies, as well as utilities such as fuel, gas, electricity and water.

State funding and local property taxes do not provide for regular building maintenance or for technology enhancements. Prior to Ed-SPLOST, the district issued bonds that had to be paid back over many years with interest and resulted in a property tax increase.

Through Friday March 17), registered Cobb County voters can go to any advanced voting location. Please note that hours vary by location.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb 27 – March 17, Monday – Friday: Elections Office at the West Park Government Center, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, 30064-4663

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., March 13 – 17, Monday – Friday at the following locations:

  • East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
  • South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton
  • Boots Ward Recreation Center (Lost Mountain Park), 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
  • NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road NW, Kennesaw

Any voter may apply for a vote-by-mail ballot instead of voting in-person. Applications are available at For more information call 770-528-2581.

From the March 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Braves Single Game Tickets Go On Sale March 10

This Friday, March 10, marks the first time that the general public can purchase single-game tickets and parking for the much anticipated Inaugural Season at SunTrust Park. The Braves open at their new home on Friday, April 14 against the San Diego Padres with an evening of unforgettable celebrations. These celebrations will continue throughout Opening Weekend, making each day a commemorative experience for fans.

Single-game tickets will initially range from $5-$143 and may increase in price based on market demand. The sooner fans purchase single-game tickets, the lower the price they are able to lock in. Tickets can be purchased at

Full and partial-season tickets, as well as 6-game plans, are also available for the 2017 season and are the best way for fans to guarantee their seats at SunTrust Park for Opening Weekend and beyond. For more information on how to become an A-List Member, visit www.Bravescom/alist.

Also starting March 10, single-game parking will be available for purchase at All fans are strongly encouraged to purchase parking in advance, which allows them to utilize Waze and navigate directly to their respective parking lot. Fans will be able to choose from a host of parking lots distributed 360 degrees around SunTrust Park, with single-game parking prices ranging from $18-$23 for Braves-operated lots. Advance purchase also makes it easier for fans to find their respective lot, as the multitude of lots are located in various areas around the ballpark as opposed to one central location. All Braves-operated parking lots are within 15 minutes walking distance to SunTrust Park or serviced by a free shuttle offered by the Braves.

Opening Weekend will feature pre and postgame concerts in the Plaza, special on-field ceremonies and flyovers, and during Sunday’s game the Braves will celebrate a special kids Opening Day.

Throughout the 2017 season the Braves will have a gate giveaway every Friday, a theme night every Saturday and family activities scheduled every Sunday. Special weekly events such as including Friday Night Fireworks presented by Georgia Lottery, Kids Run the Bases presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Alumni Sundays presented by Hyundai will also take place during the 2017 season.

In addition, fans can once again take advantage of special ticket packages and receive an item or experience as part of their trip to SunTrust Park.

Ticket specials for the 2017 season will include Coca-Cola $12 Tuesdays when fans can sit in the Vista Reserved section for just $12, as well as College Night on Thursdays when college students receive $10 off seats in the Home Run Porch (with valid ID). Military discounts will also be available every home game, and include either $10 off seats in the Home Run Porch or 50% off seats in the Grandstand Reserved (with valid ID).

The full promotional schedule for the 2017 season can be found at

Braves Reveal Traffic Plan

With just 10 weeks before the Braves’ first pitch at the new SunTrust Park, Cobb officials are expressing concerns on whether everything will be ready.

“The Braves are going to be ready,” Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon said. “The stadium will be ready. But we still don’t have agreements among multiple jurisdictions on a traffic study.”

Cobb Commission Chair Mike Boyce has warned that the county could not afford any missteps.

“We’re all in this ship together,” Boyce said. “We’re not going to fail on opening day.”

The Chairman in January named a 28-member joint task force for the Braves stadium with the aim of making the ballpark a success.

The task force will be an advisory body under the auspices of District Commissioner Bob Ott, who represents the Cumberland area. Ott put forward a list of 28 names of private individuals, public officials and employees of the county, as well as business owners.

The Braves revealed the first facet of their traffic plan last fall, returning the starting time of games to 7:30 p.m. and noted the 14 primary access points to SunTrust Park, which will open in April.

In a mid-January briefing, the Braves and key partners unveiled Cobb County’s Transportation Management Plan. Also announced were additional game day parking spaces, a Braves-operated game day shuttle, the launch of A-List season parking sales and new partnerships with Uber and Waze.

“The amount of planning and coordination that has taken place between our organization and our partners is staggering, and today’s announcement is a testament to their hard work,” said Mike Plant, president, development for the Braves. “With three months to go until Opening Day, we have already secured significantly more parking than we had for a ballpark that is much smaller. Additionally, we have already analyzed and forecasted traffic flow through every corridor entering our development. While we know this plan will continue to evolve, we couldn’t be more pleased with where we are at this time.”

Last fall, the Braves and their partners – Cobb County Department of Transportation, Cobb County Police Department and Kimley-Horn – provided an overview of the collaborative approach to transportation management where they shared plans to return the starting time of their games to 7:30 p.m. and detailed the benefits of the 14 primary access points to SunTrust Park, which will open in April.

The Cobb County Transportation Management Plan outlines the community’s strategic approach to managing vehicular and pedestrian access to SunTrust Park. In crafting the plan, Lieutenant J.D. Lorens said the county focused on minimizing the impact of traffic on daily commuters by utilizing the 14 primary points of access to ballpark.

The Cobb County Police Department will have uniformed officers at approximately 30 intersections around the ballpark to help support game day travel. Combined with a variety of access enhancements in the surrounding area, such as the utilization of contraflow lanes – reversing the traffic flow of designated lanes before and after games – and the construction of a dedicated exit lane from I-285 that funnels into The Battery Atlanta, these steps will facilitate safe and efficient vehicular and pedestrian travel.

Lorens encouraged property owners in the area that are interested in parking vehicles on game day to apply for a permit with the County so they can work them into the overall plan.

“Our Transportation Management Plan is a working document that will continue to evolve as we move toward Opening Day and more parking lots come online,” said Lt. Lorens. “We have identified the most critical intersections based on the current distribution of parking, but we know more parking will come online as property owners in the area apply for and are granted permits to park cars. Once this takes place, we will integrate them into this plan.”

The Braves also announced they would be able to offer more than 11,000 parking spaces owned or leased by the organization for game day. This is already 2,500 more spaces than were available at Turner Field, all serving a ballpark that features roughly 8,000 fewer seats, with more parking to be added prior to Opening Day. The Braves will begin selling season parking to A-List members immediately, with single game parking to be sold when single game tickets go on sale March 10.

The Braves also unveiled plans to launch a private shuttle service that will serve both their managed parking lots and key points of interest in Metro Atlanta. Specific routes will be released closer to Opening Day.

In Waze and Uber, the Braves have identified two leaders in transportation technology to help provide for safe, efficient options for fans headed to the ballpark.

Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app, will collaborate with the Braves and Cobb County to share data and real-time updates with fans and commuters. Waze currently serves more than 760,000 active users in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville area, and its real-time updates will enhance the data being provided by Cobb County DOT from its on-site traffic control center. Fans will receive directions from their doorstep directly to their assigned parking lot, each of which has its own address.

The Braves also shared updates on their partnership with Uber. The ridesharing giant has experienced consistent, strong growth in Metro Atlanta, and this partnership will offer an alternative for fans traveling to the game. SunTrust Park will feature a designated drop-off/pick-up zone on Windy Ridge Parkway, adjacent to the ballpark, enabling fans to safely and easily find a vehicle following the game.

From the February 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Vinings Village Civic Club Honored By VBA

VBA-DSC_2892AAAA-150x150The Vinings Business Association named the Vinings Village Civic Club as its Business or Organization of the Year at the Dec. 2 luncheon.

The Vinings Village Civic Club is the oldest civic organization in the village with nearly a century of service, according to Sharon Meinhardt, president.

The criteria for the honor involves a partnership with the community, longevity, community support and visibility, explained VBA President Charles Rea.

“We present this award for their service to the Vinings community and we thank the Vinings Village Civic Club for their Actions,” Rea said. “This group gets people involved in the community. They are the glue that keeps the Vinings community together.”

Ms. Meinhardt said she joined the Vinings Village Civic Club three years and one of her first projects was picking up trash on the roads.

“I went from picking up trash to president in one fell swoop,” she said.

While non-partisan, the group hosts political forums at each election. This year they heard 47 candidates during the forums.

“Then we invite them back,” she said, “to tell us what they are doing.”

In almost 100 years of service, the group has proved that “we mean we care about the quality of life of where we live,” she said.

Other finalists for Vinings Business Association’s Business or Organization of the year were Vinings Rotary, Curves for Women, Fidelity Bank, and Grub Burger.

From the December 2016 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Meyring Sets A New Bar In Cycling For A Cause

Meyring BikeIMG_3992Vinings resident Robert S. Meyring is managing attorney of Meyring Law Firm and an avid cyclist who believes that anything is possible with the proper planning. That is the positive attitude he brings to his law practice and also to his commitment to the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society – Georgia Chapter.

This June, Meyring is saddling up for a solo unsupported five-day, 700-mile bicycle trip from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., to raise funds for his Bike MS: COX Atlanta Peach Ride 2016 team of six years, Amy’s Armor.

“This journey allows me to combine three things that I am passionate about: helping others, being a lawyer and bicycling,” says Meyring.

Once in D.C., Meyring will be sworn in before the full U.S. Supreme Court as a Supreme Court Bar attorney. That’s a big accomplishment for him, as was completing two 300-mile solo bike rides in the last two years and a two-month cross-USA solo bike tour in 1994.

“Making a difference in the lives of friends and other people with MS, and their supportive families, is why I ride and raise funds for MS research,” Meyring says. “In Georgia, the Bike MS event raises over $1 million every year, and I am honored to be a part of that.”

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, the Bike MS: COX Atlanta Peach Ride is set for Oct. 1-2 and features a new starting line at Blalock Lakes Sporting Club and community in Newnan, an overnight party in historic, downtown LaGrange and the option of a one- or two-day ride. Over 1,000 cyclists of all skill levels will enjoy 30-, 60- and 100-mile route options with beautiful countryside and hospitality along the way.

For more information and to register for the October Bike MS event, visit To learn more about Robert Meyring’s June ride to D.C. and contribute to his Bike MS team, visit

From the June 2016 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

WellStar Vinings Health Park To Break Ground In February

Vinings Helath Park1The WellStar Vinings Health Park will hold a groundbreaking event this month as construction begins on the new 162,000 square foot health park at Atlanta Road and Cumberland Parkway.

“The ground breaking is coming up Feb. 25,” said Amy Carrier, president of WellStar Cobb Hospital at a recent meeting of the South Cobb Business Association.

Plans for the health park in Vinings include a wide array of comprehensive medical diagnostic testing services such as medical imaging, urgent care, lab and pre-admission testing, cardiac and sleep diagnostics, physical therapy and sports medicine, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, pharmacy and community education, health screening and wellness services.
WellStar operates similar Health Parks in Acworth, Woodstock and east Cobb.

“We are so excited that we are building one in the Smyrna/Vinings area, just outside the Perimeter,” Mrs. Carrier said.

According to Mrs. Carrier, plans ae to open this new facility in September 2017. “With the size and complexity of the facility, it takes a lot time to build.”

Some site preparation work has begun, leveling old buildings and getting the site ready.

“We are having construction meetings and community meetings to get ready for the facility,” she said. “It’s important that as we build this that we have interaction with our community. And that they understand the design elements, because it’s in their neighborhood.”

WellStar is addressing concerns about traffic, lighting and numerous other questions.

“People have a lot of questions and we are spending a lot of time getting their input and answering questions,” she said. “We are spending time with the community.”

The facility will be staffed with a multi-specialty mix of physicians to include a strong foundation of primary care physicians – family physicians, internal medicine, pediatrics and OB/GYN -and specialists, such as cardiologists, pulmonologists, ENT, gastroenterologists, surgeons, allergy/asthma, endocrinology and others based on community needs.

“It will be very similar to the other buildings in the Vinings area with the stone and wood,” she said. “We will be incorporating the elements of nature into the building has shown a difference in the healing of the patients.

The health park’s services will be linked together with all other WellStar facilities via an electronic medical record. This will greatly improve patient convenience and allow for better care coordination for patients.

“Inpatient surgical services will be supported by us at Cobb Hospital,” Mrs. Carrier said.

From the February 2016 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.