November 2017 Around Town

Christian City Assisted Living 
Administrator Wins State Award

Hudie Langston, Administrator of Christian City Assisted Living Center was recently named 2017 Executive Director of the Year by the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) during the Georgia Health Care Association and Georgia Center for Assisted Living’s (GHCA/GCAL) summer convention.

Langston is well-respected by both residents and staff at Christian City Assisted Living Center, which is operated by PruittHealth. “Hudie’s passion for providing quality residential care shows in his leadership,” said Len Romano, President and CEO of Christian City. “He has dedicated his career to taking care of vulnerable people. This award was well-deserved,” Romano said.

Langston was among the 20 graduates of GHCA’s first Georgia Leader Program class in 2015. Regarding the statewide award he received, he said, “I was totally surprised and appreciated the recognition in front of my peers.” Naming several Pruitt Health leaders who positively influenced his career over the past two decades: Melvin Moses, Kevin Metz, Suzanne Gerhardt, Loretta Barnes, and George Hunt, Langston said, “Their leadership, mentorship and advice helped me to reach this point in my career, and I’m grateful to each one of them.”

Hudie’s passion for athletics continued at Georgia Southern University where he majored in recreational therapy. “My first jobs were at Parkway Medical Center and Grady Health System in Atlanta,” Langston said. “One position was full-time and the other part-time. I worked the two jobs simultaneously, and both involved providing structured therapeutic recreational services for youth and adults with psychological disorders,” he said.

His next career step took Hudie to long term care for seniors at Ashton Woods Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, which is now PruittHealth-Brookhaven. He oversaw the activities department and worked as a recreational therapist before being named Assistant Administrator. After serving in similar capacities at PruittHealth’s skilled nursing facilities in Lilburn and Austell, Hudie joined Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville as Interim Administrator of the Richard B. Russell building before being named Associate Director for the campus. He then moved on to become the Administrator at PruittHealth-Franklin before being named Administrator of Christian City Assisted Living Center in 2017. “I thought I would be here for only nine days, but this opportunity turned into a long-term position,” Langston said.

When asked about his leadership role, Langston responded, “Christian City is a God-centered campus with leadership support focused on helping staff members maximize their potential. Thus, we have a seasoned staff in the Assisted Living Center. When I am not on site, I have peace in knowing that our residents are under the excellent care of our cohesive team. The staff sincerely cares about the residents as well as one another. They are passionate about their jobs and willing to go the extra mile, always keeping residents’ best interest at heart,” he said. “It is a joy and privilege to work here and serve here, because I’m in an environment where I’m being fed spiritually. My job helps me with my continued growth as a Christian,” Langston commented.

Langston is no stranger to awards and accolades. When asked what’s next in his list of aspirations, he said, “These rewards are nice, but my real rewards come from God.” At age 45, he wants to focus more on family and take time to enjoy life. “I want to eliminate stressors as much as possible, be around like-minded people, have a sense of peace, and be a blessing to others,” Langston said with an award-winning smile.  For more information or to learn more, call 770.964.3301 or visit ChristianCity.org.

Dr. Zwade Marshall Named One of Emory’s 40 Under 40

Congratulations to Zwade Marshall, MD, of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers for being named one of Emory University Alumni Association’s recently announced “40 Under 40!” Go-to leaders in every field were carefully selected for Emory’s first-ever list of outstanding young alumni. This premiere group was chosen from 140,000-plus Emory graduates for their “impressive track records and sparkling futures.”

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed 
Celebrates Opening of Atlanta 
BeltLine Westside Trail

Mayor Reed announced that the Westside Trail, a new three-mile corridor on the Atlanta BeltLine, is now open and available for everyone to enjoy. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mayor Reed joined Atlanta BeltLine Inc. President and CEO Brian McGowan, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Executive Director Rob Brawner, Cox Enterprises Executive Vice President and CFO Dallas Clement, Kaiser Permanente Georgia President Jim Simpson, Georgia Department of Transportation board member Stacey Key, Atlanta Public School students Maya Hadley and Markail Brooks and community members to celebrate the $43 million investment. The investment brings the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. closer to its goal of connecting every community in the City of Atlanta.

Running from Washington Park to Adair Park in Southwest Atlanta, the new 14-foot wide multi-use trail features 14 access points, public art and greenway. Of the 14 access points, 11 entrances are ADA accessible – representing more accessibility than any other trail in the city. For a half mile along White Street, the trail will use the existing West End Trail.

“Today is a good day in the City of Atlanta as we celebrate a promise kept with the opening of the new Westside Trail,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “My Administration was committed to working with the Atlanta BeltLine and other partners to make this shared public space available in Southwest Atlanta, connecting some of the city’s most important and historic neighborhoods in a new way while honoring them with such a valuable and significant investment.”

The Westside Trail is the largest expansion of the Atlanta BeltLine since its inception. The amenity connects four schools, four parks and a dozen Westside neighborhoods. The trail will also feature murals, sculptures and other artwork.

Following the trail’s groundbreaking ceremony in November 2014, construction commenced to create the BeltLine addition, and more than 20 community engagement events have been held to ensure public input was incorporated in the project. The trail will also eventually connect hundreds of thousands of Atlanta residents to transit and transportation alternatives.

Thanks to the passage of a $2.6 billion expansion of MARTA by Atlanta voters in November 2016, funding is now available to purchase the remaining land needed to complete the Atlanta BeltLine and to build out a complete transit network – a key element of the Atlanta BeltLine vision.

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the City of Atlanta an $18 million TIGER V grant to help fund construction of the Westside Trail. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership contributed $10 million in philanthropic funding with lead gifts from The James M. Cox Foundation/PATH Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. The Georgia Department of Transportation enabled the purchase of the land via a $9.5 million local match. Remaining funding was provided by the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Transportation Improvement Plan, and TAD partners at the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County.

FALL-OH! Your Senses at 
Georgia State Parks

The smell of campfires, the crisp fresh air, colorful mountain views and taste of s’mores all evoke feelings of excitement for the fall. Trailgoers, campers and leafers alike will all appreciate the unbeatable views, variety of accommodation options, and plethora of hiking and biking trails for all skill levels. With nearly 50 Georgia State Parks from the mountains to the coast, there are endless opportunities for visitors to experience the best of this multi-sensory season.

See

Leaf peep this fall and see an array of autumn hues sweeping across Georgia’s outdoors. Most state parks, especially those across the north Georgia mountains, are filled with vibrant pigments of red, orange and rust. Starting in mid-September, fall fanatics can keep track as the leaves change to their fall colors at Georgia’s State Parks online Leaf Watch travel planner GeorgiaStateParks.org/LeafWatch. Leaf Watch is filled with top trails and overlooks, mountain cabins and campsites, fall events and hiking tips with updates on how color is progressing. Popular parks for fall foliage in the mountains include Cloudland Canyon, Vogel, Black Rock Mountain, Fort Mountain, Smithgall Woods and many more. Autumn isn’t just confined to the mountains. The cypress trees in the swamp at George L. Smith in Twin City provide an amazing backdrop to any camping trip.

Fall Insider tip: Take the two-mile hike outside of Moccasin Creek to Hemlock Falls Trail at Lake Burton to experience a breathtaking waterfall for a fantastic fall photo op!

Taste

Campfire-roasted s’mores, coffee, hotdogs and other seasonal snacks just taste better when cooked on an open fire at a campsite. Most Georgia State Parks offer campgrounds and other lodging complete with fire pits and grills so that visitors can spend a weekend eating their way through all the fall flavors. Work off those calories by exploring the outdoors on foot, bike, boat or even horseback.

Smell

Breathe in the fresh, fall air during an overnight trip. At Georgia State Park campgrounds, open air is a part of the daily routine, plus park cabins have screen porches. Parks such as F.D. Roosevelt, Fort Mountain, Cloudland Canyon and Vogel provide camping and cabins surrounded by fall color. Let the aroma of a campfire unlock memories of roasted treats while taking in the fire’s warmth.

Hear

Hear the rushing water flow through streams, lakes, waterfalls and creeks at your favorite state park this fall. Amicalola Falls is home to a beautiful 729-foot waterfall that provides the perfect soundtrack to viewing the gorgeous leaves of the north Georgia mountains. Tallulah Gorge hides six waterfalls in the bottom of a 1,000-foot-deep canyon. Heighten your other senses when you take away sight by joining a night-time hike at Cloudland Canyon or embarking on a twilight pontoon ride at Reed Bingham. Let hearing take over as wildlife hoots and howls in the distance.

Feel

Feel a crisp fall breeze while tackling the hiking trails at Georgia State Parks. F.D. Roosevelt, the largest state park, is home to extensive hiking trails that wrap around Lake Delanor and the rolling hills of Pine Mountain. Sweetwater Creek, located just 15 miles from downtown Atlanta is also home to 12 miles of trails. Mountain biking trails at Fort Yargo are another great way to experience the cool air of autumn as you wind through forests of colored leaves or alongside the picturesque lake.

With extensive activities and lodging options, Georgia’s State Parks offer the chance to enhance your senses during the fall season.  For reservations or a free brochure, call 800.864.7275 or visit GaStateParks.org/Reservations.

Editor’s Note: In the October article on Donald Young, we mistakenly stated that the Youngs owned the South Fulton Tennis Center, when they were actually operators there for a period of time.