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Teens learn safe sitting at weekend class

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Safe Sitter Class, a nationally recognized babysitter education program, will be held December 6. This high-quality training program teaches adolescents skills needed to be a safe, nurturing babysitter. Course designed for ages 11-13. Cost is $50.Class hours are 9am-3pm at WellStar East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta. More info: 770-956-7827.


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Ninth Annual Lite the Night Tree Lighting is Dec. 7


The community is invited to Lite the Night on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, from 4:30-6 pm as WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center hosts its annual tree lighting event and ushers in the holiday season.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos and there will be festive children’s activities, holiday musical performances and delicious cookies and hot chocolate. Members of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus are special musical guests.

Jordan Graye, from B98.5 FM, will emcee the program and count down the minutes to once again light the great 60-foot Christmas tree atop WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Lite the Night takes place on the rooftop level* of the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center’s Blue Parking Deck. Free admission and parking.

Event is held rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, Lite the Night will be held within a covered level of the parking deck.


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WellStar offers Congregational Health Network

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WellStar’s Congregational Health Network serves as a bridge between WellStar’s healthcare system and their faith community. Coordinated by a registered nurse with specialized experience, WellStar’s program is designed to assist congregations of all faiths to develop a volunteer health ministry. There is no cost to participating congregations, and each one defines and directs its own health ministry. Currently over 90 faith communities provide congregational health programs in partnership with WellStar.

Many local congregations participate in WellStar’s Speaking About Wellness for the Community programs, offer health fairs and other health and wellness programs. For more information about WellStar’s Congregational Health Network, email or call 770-793-7388.


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WellStar is committed to Spirit of Women

WellStar Health System is a member of Spirit of Women, an elite coalition of hospitals and healthcare providers across the United States that ascribe to the highest standards of excellence in women’s health education and community outreach. Spirit of Women hospitals are committed to inspiring women in all stages of their lives to take action for better health for themselves and their families. WellStar is also recognized as a HeartCaring designated hospital system by the Spirit Health Group.

As a HeartCaring system, WellStar focuses on a gender-based approach to cardiovascular diseases and conditions and is recognized as a regional leader in gender-sensitive cardiovascular care and education.

At WellStar, the Speaking about Wellness for Women program serves to deliver women’s health education and our Spirit of Women programming to our community. Because WellStar is a HeartCaring hospital system, we also integrate HeartCaring components into all of our Spirit programming. The Speaking about Wellness for Womenannual calendar of events includes:

  • Speaking about Wellness for Women Quarterly Seminar Series – offers a Healthy Happy Hour, the Speaking about Wellness for Women seminar series notebook, dinner, dessert and a special gift for all attendees. Cost: $10.00 per program
  • Health Extras – additional presentations offered throughout the year in a classroom setting that include light refreshments and a program folder. Cost: FREE
  • Annual HeartCaring Screening Event – includes heart health education and screenings
  • Spirit of Women National Signature Events – includes Day of Dance and Spirit Girls’ Night Out
  • Spirit eNewsletter – a monthly e-publication that includes health and wellness related articles and updates on all the latest Spirit of Women programs and events. To subscribe, please email

For more information or to register for any of WellStar’s programs, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).


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WellStar in Top 10 on Working Mother’s Best List

Mother magazine presented the Working Mother Award to WellStar Health System at its 2014 Work Life Congress at the New York Marriott Marquis last month.

WellStar Health System was one of the Top 10 Companies on the 2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies list. WellStar was recognized for outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs and corporate culture that supports working moms,  including child care, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave and advancement of women. This is the fifth year WellStar has been in the Top 10 and the seventh year in the Top 100.

WellStar offers benefits to all employees, including two on-site day cares for children of employees and back-up care assistance for children and family members of employees who need last minute, in-home temporary care. Additionally, concierge service is offered to all WellStar employees to help with such tasks as dry-cleaning pick-up, car maintenance and grocery shopping.

“The Working Mother 100 Best Companies are the leaders in the advancement of women by supporting their need to integrate family and work successfully,” said Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media. “We are thrilled to honor the U.S. companies that put words into action and build family-friendly cultures on the foundation of thoughtful policies and effective programs. Women now make up 50 percent of the workforce. We need to make sure they have the support to be outstanding moms as well as great employees.”


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Life is not a Spectator Sport

Are you living with aches and pains or limited range of motion that makes all things you used to do with ease almost impossible? WellStar clinical experts will present the latest information on hip and knee technology advancements and surgical treatment options that can help you get back in the game.

WellStar Cobb Hospital
3950 Austell Rd., Austell, GA
Tuesday, Nov. 11
6:30-8:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 6:00 p.m.)

Registration is required for this free program. For more information, or to register, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).

(Source: WellStar) 

WellStar: Know Your Heart


Early prevention can help determine your risk for heart disease, stroke and other serious conditions.

Wellstar’s Know Your Heart program is a preventive self-pay screening program. Testing is performed at one of four Wellstar Cardiovascular Medicine offices including: Kennestone Outpatient Pavillion, Woodstock, WellStar Acworth Health Park, and our new WellStar East Cobb Health Park.

Patients may choose between our basic and advanced risk assessment screening options. If you are currently asymptomatic, over 18 years old and do not have risk factors for heart disease you are eligible for the Basic Risk Assessment. The Advanced Risk Assessment includes a Heart Screen. To participate in the Advanced Heart screen you must be at least 40 years old and have two of the following risk factors.

Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • Family History of Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Current or Past Tobacco Use
  • Abnormally High Stress
  • Overweight or Obese
  • Female age 65 or older
  • Male age 55 or older

All patients will receive a personalized report of their Know Your Heart results reviewed by a WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine provider. Patients may call 770-956-STAR (7827) to enroll in one our Know Your Heart screenings. All patients enrolled in the screening may also participate in our WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine Heart Fit Wellness program.

Heart Fit offers all patients the opportunity to meet with a wellness coach for a complimentary wellness consult. During the initial wellness consultation you will review your personalized wellness goals, learn more about your cardiovascular risk factors and explore personalized wellness program options.

Wellness Coaching has shown to be an exciting approach that provides accountability, motivation and the tools necessary to develop a healthy lifestyle. Consider the affordable self-pay wellness coaching option if your goals include a new exercise program, weight loss, healthier eating, managing your blood pressure, cholesterol or stress management. The ability to work one-on-one with a certified wellness coach will help you to develop a personalized wellness plan to meet your goals.

At your complimentary wellness consultation you will learn about other services and programs offered at WellStar that are available to assist you on living a healthy lifestyle. Programs offered at WellStar that you may learn more about include Cardiac Rehab at East Cobb, Diabetes Education, Sleep Medicine Center and Bariatric services. Please call 470-956-9524 to learn more about the Heart Fit wellness program or to schedule an appointment.



Good Health Looks Good on Everyone!


Just like the classic Little Black Dress, vibrant health is always in style. WellStar Health System, in partnership with Town Center at Cobb, is excited to present their third annual Spirit Girls’ Night Out on Thursday, Oct. 2 at Town Center at Cobb , 400 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy. Kennesaw, GA .

This year’s theme, “The Little Black Dress: Good Health Looks Good on Everyone”, will focus on two daily essentials in any woman’s life — fashion and good health. You are cordially invited to this remarkable affair filled with free health screenings, “Ask the Expert” health and beauty information booths, “The Evolution of The Little Black Dress” fashion show and so much more!

Gather your girlfriends, sisters, daughters, mom, aunts and grandmothers—put on your favorite black dress or attire—and join WellStar and Town Center at Cobb as we show you how health is your best accessory!

Spirit Girls’ Night Out will be held from 5:30-8:30 pm. No registration is required for this FREE event!


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East Cobb Community Gaining Backyard Access to Healthcare


The much anticipated WellStar East Cobb Health Park is slated to open its doors in September bringing accessible healthcare to the East Cobb community. The three-story,162,000-square-foot development will offer an array of services including:

• Primary Care Providers and Specialists
• Comprehensive Diagnostic Center (Imaging, Lab & Pre-admission Testing)
• Outpatient Surgery Center (2015)
• Urgent Care Center
• Breast Center (planned)
• Spine Center (planned)
• Cardiac Diagnostics
• Sleep Center
• Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine (OrthoSport WellStar)
• Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation
• Retail Pharmacy
• Lactation Consulting
• Community Education & Wellness Center
• Parkside Bistro

These services will be integrated with a multispecialty mix of physicians to include a strong foundation of primary care  physicians: family physicians, internal medicine, pediatrics and OB/GYN services and specialists will include cardiologists, pulmonologists, ENT, gastroenterologists, surgeons, allergy/asthma, endocrinology, urology and orthopedics.

“A health park is all about bringing outpatient and physician services directly to the communities we serve,” said Joe  Brywczynski, senior vice president health parks development. “Residents no longer will have to endure long drive times, frustrating traffic congestion and multiple trips to access their health services at multiple locations. By combining and coordinating services under one roof, we will improve patient and family convenience and access to their outpatient care needs. The health park is truly a one stop- shop opportunity.”

This innovative service model ultimately will improve healthcare access and convenience for the East Cobb community and surrounding areas.

The new health park is located at 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta. For more information on physician services in this area, please call 770-956-STAR (7827) or visit

One-stop shop: WellStar east Cobb facility set to open Sept.15

Reynold Jennings, chief executive officer of WellStar, makes his comments to about 200 guests at the new WellStar health facility on Roswell Road in east Cobb on Thursday night. Jennings said the new health park is the second to open in Cobb and will be convenient for locals. Staff/Jeff Stanton


Officials say a new health park in east Cobb aims to be a one-stop shop for health care.

About 200 people gathered at the $73 million WellStar health park in east Cobb on Thursday to celebrate its completion.

Reynold Jennings, CEO of WellStar, said the new health park, which is off Roswell Road, is the second to open in Cobb, and he said it will be convenient for locals.

“WellStar saw the growing need seven years ago — with the growing population — that we needed to provide services as close to home as possible,” Jennings said.

The WellStar Acworth Health Park, which is half the size of the east Cobb center, opened in July 2012 and served more than 100,000 patients in both its first and second year of operation, said Joe Brywczynski, senior vice president of the health parks department.

Candice Saunders, COO of WellStar, said she is happy to build off the success of the first Cobb health park.

“We’ve done very well at the first health park, and we’re excited about being in this east Cobb facility,” Saunders said.

The center will open to patients Sept. 15, and Gary Miller, chairman of WellStar’s board of trustees, said he hopes residents will make it the “one-stop shop” for their health care needs.

The new162,000-square-foot health park includes every step of treatment on its three stories, including a doctor’s visit, imaging machines and a pharmacy.

Patients can visit the center for routine checkups as well as urgent health needs, but they will not stay overnight at the health park, Brywczynski said.

For instance, someone who suspects they have a broken arm can come to the urgent care portion of the center, see a doctor, get an x-ray to confirm the bone is broken, get a cast fitted to the arm by a surgeon and pick up a prescription for medication all in one building, Brywczynski said.

Brywczynski said the convenience the health park offers will make it popular among the audience of 200,000 people it will target in portions of east Cobb, including Marietta and Roswell.

The urgent care center has seven exam rooms and two larger observation rooms that will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the year. The regular business hours for the doctors’ offices and pharmacy is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“All these urgent care patients are those where the injury does not warrant an emergency room visit,” Brywczynski said.

The urgent care portion of the health park is for people who have injuries that aren’t life-threatening, such as an ankle sprain or a knee injury. Instead of going to a hospital, patients can go to the health park for minor surgeries, Brywczynski said.

“This gives us the opportunity to only treat lower injury surgeries,” Brywczynski said. “They’ve got priority here.”

The imaging center inside the health park, which can be used to examine urgent care patients or non-urgent care patients, includes an MRI machine, a CT scan, two X-ray machines and two ultrasound machines.

The center also includes a physical therapy and exercise room for those who are recovering from surgery, which includes treadmills, stationary bikes and weights.

The East Cobb Health Park will have 25 doctors who are permanently stationed there as well as 75 doctors there part time. The doctors at the center include general physicians and specialists.

Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott, who represents east Cobb, said he supports the goal of the center.

“It brings the services closer to the people, and it brings more health services to Cobb,” Ott said.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Hilary Butschek September 05, 2014. Click HERE to read the original MDJ article.)