Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Kennestone, the Growing Amoeba

(click on image to make it bigger - run from it to make it smaller)

The above is Google Earth’s eye view of the Kennestone-Wellstar Hospital complex. I count about 18 structures that are mostly buildings but there are some deck parking lots. This is all in about a four square block area. Some of the buildings have at least six floors and most of them are connected by bridges. If I zoomed out more I could have included more of the hospital holdings but they would not be in the cluster, they would be like little satellites scattered around.

Back to the cluster you see. If one had taken an aerial picture above of the original Kennestone Hospital when it first opened in the early 1950s, and then annually take a picture of the complex or compound looking down it would look something like a shapeless amoeba, closing in on nearby buildings when suddenly it is part of them and getting bigger and bigger.

That represents a lot of health insurance!

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