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WellStar Health System

This article is the first in a regular series spotlighting area employers of nurses.

WellStar Health System has been a fixture in metro Atlanta for almost 25 years. On July 1, 1993, several hospitals merged to become WellStar Health System. These facilities include WellStar Cobb Hospital, WellStar Douglas Hospital, WellStar Kennestone Hospital, WellStar Pauling Hospital and WellStar Windy Hill Hospital.

On April 1, 2016, WellStar became the largest health system in Georgia and one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the country when it acquired Tenet Healthcare’s five Georgia-based hospitals and formed a new partnership with West Georgia Health in LaGrange.

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Number of employees: 20,000 team members and 3,000 members of the medical staff

Hospital sites: 11 with 2,775 licensed beds, and, specifically:

WellStar Atlanta Medical Center (400 beds) & WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South(362 beds) – combined 762 licensed beds

• WellStar Cobb Hospital – 382 licensed beds

• WellStar Douglas Hospital – 108 licensed beds

• WellStar Kennestone Hospital – 633 licensed beds

• WellStar North Fulton Hospital – 202 licensed beds

• WellStar Paulding Hospital – 112 licensed beds

• WellStar Spalding Hospital – 160 licensed beds

• WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital – 25 licensed beds

• WellStar West Georgia Medical Center –276 licensed beds

• WellStar Windy Hill Hospital – 115 licensed beds

Other paths of employment for clinical team members:

• 250 medical office locations

• Eight urgent care centers

• WellStar Vinings Health Park opens September 2017. The 162,000-square-foot health park is a community-based. Patients can have diagnostic testing, physician visits, physical therapy and fill prescriptions in one location.

• WellStar Kennestone Hospital will break ground on its new $160 million Emergency Department this fall. Kennestone has one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Georgia and the 5th busiest in the nation. It also is home to a Level II Trauma Center. At 150,000 square feet, the new ED will be the second largest in the U.S., enabling the ED and trauma teams to better meet the needs of a growing community. Capacity will double from 84 to 166 beds.

• Top 10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive Working Mother 100 Best Companies (2016, nine consecutive years)

• FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For / FORTUNE magazine (2016, 3 consecutive years)

• Top 10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women / National Association for Female Executives (2017, 8 consecutive years)

• Work Life Seal of Distinction / World at Work (2016, 3 consecutive years)

• 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare / Becker’s Healthcare (2016)

• 50 Best Places for Women and Diverse Managers to Work / Diversity MBA Magazine (2016)

• Honor Roll / Center for Companies that Care (2016, 9 consecutive years)

• 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces / Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (2015)

• Many WellStar nurses have been recognized as a March of Dimes Nurse of the Year, as well as recipients of the Hospital Heroes award and other nursing excellence awards

• Nurses have access to career growth opportunities and are encouraged and supported financially for earning advanced degrees.

• WellStar focuses on delivering world-class healthcare close to home for the patients, also giving nurses and team members more opportunities to serve patients in the community.

• WellStar pioneered the health park concept in Georgia. Health Parks combine multiple outpatient services in one place. Urgent care is open every day of the year from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

• A STAT Clinic for patients with various types of cancer helps expedite care delivery at multiple locations. After a diagnosis, a patient is able to meet with a team of specialists who provide options for treatment all in one day and in one setting. The team includes physicians, surgeons, nurse navigators, and more.

• WellStar recently opened a Comprehensive Care Clinic for patients with chronic illnesses, such as advanced heart failure, complicated COPD or interstitial lung disease. The clinic has a unique care model, connecting patients to a collaborative health team, including cardiologists, pulmonologists, palliative medicine, behavioral health professionals, advanced practice professionals, nurses, medical assistants, a respiratory therapist, a nutritionist, case manager, social worker, clinical pharmacists, nurse navigators, front office staff and more.

• WellStar helps team members focus on work while they are at work and on their families when they are home. Programs include flex-time, on-site child care, concierge service and backup care for elderly family members or sick children.

• Team members enjoy financial assistance for both continuing education and adoption; wellness programs, including medical weight loss programs; paid leave; and recognition programs.

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