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JCI Foundation to Host the Judson Women’s Leadership Conference on June 20

May 29, 2017

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The JCI Foundation will host the Judson Women’s Leadership Conference on June 20th at the Cobb Galleria. This is a great opportunity for the women of the Cobb Chamber to learn, connect and be inspired by successful leaders from all walks of life. Featured speakers include myself, Representative Stacey Abrams,Gail Evans,CNN’s Kyra Phillips, Phyllis Newhouse, CEO of Xtreme Solutions, Grace Killelea, author of “The Confidence Effect, Allison Dukes, CEO/President of Suntrust Georgia and many more. This is a great program for students, a young professionals, veterans or anyone looking to advance their careers.

Judson Women’s Leadership Conference is a full day conference designed to create a great learning environment to share and analyze the unique strengths, challenges, and opportunities facing women. Participants will discover powerful strategies to move their leadership forward as they interact with peers and deepen understandings of the practices of successful women. There will be unique opportunities for networking, mentoring, and leadership development between attendees and the C-level executives, best selling authors, and successful leaders who will be a part of this year’s event.

Head to www.jcifoundation.org  for more information.

Contact
Jackie Cannizzo
Executive Director
JCI Foundation
Jackiecannizzo@jcifoundation.org

Cisco Certificate Program Prepares Students for Sought After Credentials

May 26, 2017

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Are you ready to launch your career as a networking professional? The Cisco CCNA Certificate offered at KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education can help you head in the right direction. This combined program provides students with the necessary knowledge to earn the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) credential and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) credential.

“Atlanta’s tech momentum continues to grow a rapid pace,” said Rebecca Mattox, Cisco Certificate program manager. “This program is designed to provide essential training to those seeking employment in the field.”

The 20-session class is taught by three instructors who have more than 50 years of combined experience in the field. Patrick Rockholz has been working with networks for over 15 years and has held his CCNA since 2001. Rockholz has experience working with WAN and LAN network technologies as well as with SDN solutions and switches. Gardner Smith has 10 years of experience teaching CCNA classes in a continuing education setting and over 25 years of experience working with networks.  He is skilled in network and systems security, Cisco routers and switches, and risk assessment. Joe Braswell is a CCNA Certified Sr. Network Engineer with more than 25 years of technical experience. Braswell is a recognized Cisco Academy instructor and has served as a Cisco instructor at KSU since 2006.

“Our instructors bring a wealth of knowledge to this program,” Mattox said. “They are committed and dedicated to preparing our students for the evolving job market.”

Roger Hinton, program graduate says this class was “a breath of fresh air.” The program was a welcomed challenge for the retired military veteran.  “I spent 20 years working on telecommunications gear,” Hinton said. “I was qualified to work on a lot of pieces of equipment however, it was nothing new. When I got in this class I noticed technology had really taken off from what I had done in the past.”

Ken Danter, program graduate, said he enjoyed the program’s hands-on component. “They actually give you something to work on and you have something to take home,” he said. “That puts you leaps and bounds above everybody else as far as the training goes.”

The next Cisco certificate program begins on July 8. Space is limited. For more information on this program or other technology offerings, visit ccpe.kennesaw.edu or call 470-578-6765.

WellStar Cobb Hospital ICU Awarded for Exceeding Patient Expectations

May 25, 2017

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Patients in in South Cobb can receive care close to home that is rivaled by only a handful of hospitals across the country. WellStar Cobb Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) was recently honored with the Beacon Award for Excellence. Awarded by the American Association of Critical- Care Nurses (AACN), the Beacon honors individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care. At the time of recognition, only 11 units in Georgia and 378 units nationwide held this distinction – which represents less than five percent of eligible units. Cobb Hospital’s ICU has held the award since 2013.

“At WellStar Cobb Hospital, we care for the whole person,” said Amy Carrier, president of WellStar Cobb Hospital. “Our patients are people. They have names. They have family members. And they deserve care that focuses on the mind, body and spirit. I’m so proud of our ICU team for providing this level of patient care every day.”

The ICU team accepted the award from the AACN at its annual conference in Houston this May. The team was recognized for exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction for patients and families. The hospital collects and uses evidence-based information to improve patient outcomes and patient and staff satisfaction.

“This award is not an individual award,” said Kay Kennedy, chief nursing officer at WellStar Cobb Hospital. “It takes every team member, performing at the highest level of care and integrity, year after year. Our 100-member-plus team makes this level of care possible.”

About WellStar Health System
WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments.  For more information, visit wellstar.org.

Town Center CID Celebrates Official Groundbreaking Ceremony for Aviation Park in Kennesaw

May 24, 2017

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Town Center Community Improvement District (TCCID) held a formal groundbreaking ceremony today for Aviation Park, a new flight-themed park to be appropriately located adjacent to the end of the Cobb County International Airport runway in Kennesaw. Due to inclement weather, the event was moved from the original park’s site to one of the airport’s hangars, with help from Cobb County and Hawthorne Global Aviation Services.

Representing a $2M investment by Town Center CID, the three-acre park will serve as a tribute to Cobb’s rich history in aviation and act as a natural stopping point along the Noonday Creek trail. This project represents the first effort of its kind for the CID, with the organization undertaking the entirety of its planning, design, construction and funding.

Cobb County Commission Chairman Mike Boyce, Commissioner JoAnn Birrell and other officials joined CID Executive Director Tracy Rathbone and TCCID Board Chairman Kelly Keappler in making remarks at the event followed by photos with ceremonial shovels in front of grounded Cessna aircraft.

Located at the corner of Barrett Lakes Boulevard and Cobb Place Boulevard, Aviation Park will offer visitors plenty of open greenspace to relax, as well as the perfect viewing area to watch nearly 200 planes take off and land each day. It will also feature a flight-themed playground, covered picnic pavilion, integrated historical information and art display, a Zagster bike share station, parking lot and restrooms that include a replica of the airport’s early air traffic control tower. Aviation Park Rendering

“We expect Aviation Park to have a significant impact on the quality of life in Town Center,” Town Center CID Executive Director, Tracy Rathbone. “While the District has historically been a primarily commercial area, its character is evolving into a well-rounded community. Our greenspace initiatives are a high priority for us because they will enhance the landscape of Town Center, literally. It will be a place people want to spend their down time, enjoying the outdoors. We look forward to putting more initiatives like Aviation Park into place in the coming months.”

Cobb Commission Chairman Mike Boyce spent time reflecting on former Commissioner Herbert McCollum, the airport’s namesake, and McCollum’s vision for Cobb’s recreation programs. “I think Herb would be delighted if he was here with us today, to see that his dream has come true.” Boyce expressed his own gratification with the project, saying, “I’m excited to see that Cobb’s not only going to have a future in supporting this terrific park, but that we will be partnering with the Town Center CID, which has a great impact on the economic growth of Cobb County.” Aviation Park Playground Rendering

Though its theme is a nod to history, Aviation Park features modern amenities. The playground showcases a rubber mock runway under a Corocord airplane structure, which consists of a rope and cable climbing system for children to enjoy. It will feature standard, toddler and basket swings with ADA accessibility, while spinner bowls mimic the light placement along a typical runway. Finally, an ICON climbing structure will offer park visitors a combination of a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) themed electronic play system and physical activity.

“We’re building a state of the art, really cool, interactive playground that you won’t see anywhere else,” said Kelly Keappler, Chairman of the Town Center CID Board of Directors. In his speech, Keappler also expressed that Aviation Park embodies community improvement efforts because it will enhance Town Center’s value and excellence. “We are taking three acres of land and turning it into a place where children can play, families can congregate, people can get together, recreate, relax,” he said.

 Aviation Park is just one of the beautification projects on the CID’s agenda. In a recent update to its Master Plan, the District re-strategized its development efforts to make greenspace a key component of the traditionally commercial area. Town Center Park and the Bells Ferry Trailhead Update are other projects that will connect via the Noonday Creek Trail to the many resources and attractions in the area. Combined, these three projects represent nearly 50 acres of greenspace within the CID. Taking into consideration the District’s high rate of growth, the Master Plan seeks to capture the momentum and raise the bar on the quality of development in the area in order to ultimately create a place where people can enjoy all aspects of life.

The future park’s groundbreaking ceremony also highlighted the involvement of the Town Center Community Alliance. Alliance Chairman Mason Zimmerman explained how the nonprofit entity will help shape the future image of Town Center by effectively and efficiently developing outdoor recreation with parks, trails, landscapes, artwork displays and other quality of life initiatives, like the Zagster Town Center Bike Share program.

Aviation Park was designed by ARCADIS and is being constructed by Integrated Construction and Nobility, Inc. Construction is expected to be completed by Q1 2018. For more information on Aviation Park, please visit http://www.towncentercid.com/projects/aviation-park/.

Watch the time lapse video of the park’s ongoing construction here: www.towncentercid.com

Watch the event itself at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ0G6g0IPmE

About the Town Center CID
Founded in 1997, the Town CID is dedicated to the betterment of the Town Center area through transportation infrastructure, safety improvements, beautification and other projects that enhance property value by increasing interest and investment in the community. The Town  Center CID utilizes funds from voluntary commercial real estate taxes to implement its projects. For more information, please visit www.towncentercid.com.

 

GSO Presents a Free Concert This Saturday as Part of American Legion Celebration of America

May 23, 2017

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The Georgia Symphony Orchestra will be partnering with The American Legion Veterans Memorial 5K Run to present a free concert on the Marietta Square this Saturday, May 27, 2017.

The Symphony will be performing for the first time ever as the GSO Youth and Community Band comprised of musicians from the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, Kennesaw State University, and the Marietta High School Band.  The American Legion Veterans Memorial 5K Run will benefit Georgia soldiers, veterans, and their families.

This concert is made possible by a Cobb Community Impact Grant, awarded through Cobb County and the Cobb Community Foundation to the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

Military Appreciation Celebration
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Marietta Square
VETERANS MEMORIAL 5K RUN:  7:30am
Military Appreciation Ceremony:  10:30am
Georgia Symphony Orchestra Youth and Community Band performance:  11:00am

For more details and race registration, visit http://americanlegion5k.org/

Contact
Susan Stensland
Executive Director
sstensland@georgiasymphony.org

About the Georgia Symphony Orchestra
The Georgia Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1951, and brings music to over 15,000 people annually.  Its mission is to engage and enrich diverse audiences through the presentation of music at the highest artistic level and to provide programs and education that instill a lifelong appreciation for the arts. The GSO organization also includes the GSO Chorus, GSO Jazz! and the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra. http://georgiasymphony.org

WellStar Pediatrician Honored by CDC

May 22, 2017

Wellstar DoctorsWellStar Health System’s physicians are tireless advocates for the health of our children. Because of a focus on saving lives through pediatric immunizations, a WellStar physician is being recognized by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Sam Gold, M.D. has been named Georgia’s 2017 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for his work to create immunization policies.

Team members and physicians with pediatric training have focused on saving kids’ lives through immunizations at WellStar Health System. Thanks in large part to WellStar pediatrician Sam Gold, M.D., the health system created immunization policies to screen children for vaccinations at every well visit. As a result of the program’s success, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) named Dr. Gold Georgia’s 2017 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion.

“Children are our future and our focus is to make sure they are happy, healthy and protected from harm,” said Avril Beckford, M.D., chief pediatrics officer of WellStar Health System. “Dr. Gold is an incredible pediatrician and has made it his mission to make sure families know the importance of keeping up with vaccinations as children grow.”

As the 2017 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for the state of Georgia, Gold has shown action-driven leadership for advocating child immunizations by implementing critical immunization guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Our Champions’ dedication is crucial to creating community partnerships, working towards policy advancements, finding creative solutions to immunization challenges, counseling parents and educating and raising awareness of the importance of childhood immunization,” said Nancy Messonnier, M.D., the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, in a letter notifying the Health System of the honor.

This isn’t the first time WellStar and Dr. Gold have been recognized for this work. The System was also awarded the Walt Orenstein Champions for Immunization Award for its Standards for Child Adolescent and Adult Immunization Practices award in 2015 by the Georgia Department of Public Health for demonstrating Standards for Child Adolescent and Adult Immunization Practices.

WellStar utilizes all clinical encounters to screen and immunize patients when appropriate and follows immunization guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics to protect America’s children against vaccine-preventable diseases.

About WellStar Health System
WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments.  For more information, visit wellstar.org.

Wellstar’s Cobb County Hospitals Major Contributor To State’s Economy

May 17, 2017

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WellStar Kennestone, Windy Hill and Cobb hospitals are committed to delivering world-class healthcare close to home. Last year alone, the hospitals generated more than $2.4 billion in economic impact, according to a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA).

The annual report, which measures the economic impact of health systems and individual hospitals based on payroll and payroll taxes, employee benefits, facility expenditures and community benefit, stated all Georgia hospitals provided nearly $47.8 billion in impact to the state’s economy.  WellStar hospitals accounted for nearly 10 percent of that total.

“At WellStar, our first commitment is to deliver high-quality, cost-effective healthcare services to our patients and consumers,” said Candice Saunders, president and CEO of WellStar Health System. “Beyond that, we strive to be partners in our communities by offering our team an environment to succeed professionally and personally. As an Employer of Choice, we have created a culture of trust and engagement that allows our team members to provide the high quality, patient- and family-centered care our patients expect.”

In April 2016, six hospitals and their affiliated physician networks joined WellStar, creating one of the largest, most integrated health systems in the country. As a not-for-profit community health system, WellStar reinvests revenue into new services, programs, facilities and technology in an effort to exceed the expectations of our patients and consumers. This includes $7 million in community programs, new facilities such as the Vinings Health Park scheduled to open later this year, and the continued rollout of advanced electronic health record technology. Additionally, WellStar continues to provide care for those in need throughout our communities. Last year, WellStar provided $427 million in unreimbursed and charity care to Georgians.

“Georgia hospitals are making a positive difference in people’s lives, both at the bedside and in their communities economically,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers. “In communities throughout the state, hospitals are among the largest employers and are a key component of the infrastructure necessary to attract business to those areas.”

As the largest health system in the state with 11 hospitals and more than 250 health care sites, WellStar patients have access to a greater level of care from some of the southeast’s most skilled providers. Physicians, caregivers and team members are collaborating across WellStar’s facilities to share best practices and improve the patient experience.

For more information on the GHA report, visit www.gha.org.

About WellStar Health System
WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments.  For more information, visit wellstar.org.