National Guard saluted at Piedmont Newnan Farewell

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From Special Reports

Just before Thanksgiving, Piedmont Newnan Hospital held a farewell luncheon for the 11 Guardsmen and women who served at the hospital since September, including:

    • 2LT Hezikyah Olenja
    • SSG Antonio Thomas
    • SGT Amadou Barry
    • SPC Quincy Carnegie
    • SGT James Drue
    • SGT Jordan Heron
    • SGT Brandon Rowland
    • SPC Jennifer Scott
    • CPL Makala Smiley
    • SGT Charles Walter
    • PFC Cierria Williams

During the past 3 months of their deployment, they made a positive impact on not only hospital staff, but also on patients and visitors, as we’ve fought this COVID-19 pandemic in our community.

During the fourth wave of COVID, when Piedmont Newnan saw the highest number of hospitalized patients, largely unvaccinated and requiring a higher level of care, the National Guard stepped in and supported the local hospital in continuing to provide safe, patient-centered care to our community, assisting in patient transport, pharmacy, dietary, the emergency department and as safety sitters throughout the hospital.

“The fourth wave was felt the hardest and their service and support helped us keep carrying on in a time of need,” said Vicki Kaiser, COO of Piedmont Newnan.  “It has been an honor to have each of them and they will always be a part of our Piedmont family, and have truly made a positive difference in every life they touched.”

As of last month, October 2021, the Georgia National Guard has provided clinical and non-clinical support teams at hospitals in Albany, Atlanta, Athens, Braselton, Brunswick, Calhoun, Carrollton, Chatsworth, Clayton County, Cobb County, Fayette County, Gainesville, Greensboro, Houston County, Newnan, Savannah, Stockbridge and Rome. The troops here at Piedmont Newnan are among the 12,000 National Guard members around the country who continue to support COVID-19 response efforts during the pandemic.

“On behalf of our staff and community, we thank these Guardsmen and women for all they’ve done to support our team during their time with us,” said Kaiser.

The luncheon concluded with a parade through the first floor of the hospital where staff lined the halls to cheer for and thank our guardsmen and women.

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