New Hospice Atlanta GardenSanta’s Safety Run benefiting the Inman Park Security Patrol is Sunday, Dec. 13. A 5K run/walk starts at 10:15 a.m. and Tot Trot at 11:30 a.m. Register at

Camp Twin Lakes’
recent Spin for Kids, an annual fundraising bike ride, attracted 548 riders and raised over $206,000 for the nonprofit organization. As a result, Camp Twin Lakes will be able to provide camp opportunities to about 400 more children with serious illnesses, challenges and disabilities in this coming year.

Progressive Medical Center’s in-house healthy-cooking guru, Lupa Iria, has planned a series of customizable cooking sessions to help you eat more nutritiously over the holidays. Progressive is offering an introductory class price of $60 for two people, including food. Classes are available by appointment Monday-Friday, from 9 to 11 a.m. or 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Guests may schedule appointment at (770) 676-6000 or by filling out the form at this link.

Join the Operation Boot Camp team for a free Saturday workout on Dec. 5 at 8:15 a.m. All fitness levels welcome. The Piedmont Camp team meets inside the 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue entrance to the park. For more information on Operation Boot Camp visit

The Andrew & Eula Carlos Hospice Atlanta Center dedicated the Frank Thiebaut Garden last month. After Thiebaut died peacefully at the Hospice Atlanta Center in 2005, his family donated money for the garden. His son Robert and landscape architect Joe A. Gayle have created a place of peace and calm – gently curved pathways in a modified labyrinth design, seasonal flowers and the sound of water.

The Atlanta Track Club recently added Charlie Crawford and Kelly Walsh as newly elected board members for 2009-2010. Crawford is chairman, president and CEO of the Private Bank of Buckhead and has served as president of The Buckhead Bank, Milton National Bank and Riverside Bank of Buckhead. He is currently a director of the Buckhead Coalition. Walsh was most recently an international marketing senior analyst for UPS.  She has completed two terms as the board chair for Girls on the Run Atlanta, and served as a Girls on the Run program coach from 2002 to 2003.

Doctors Express, a new urgent-care treatment concept, plans to open its first Atlanta-area facility in Buckhead this month. The center, created by Atlanta residents Chris and Theone Rutledge, will be located on the ground floor of the new Piedmont West Medical Building at the intersection of I-75 and Howell Mill Road. “Our physicians and medical staff will treat patients with urgent, but non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries, utilizing the very latest in medical technology, including electronic medical records, digital X-rays and an on-site lab,” Chris Rutledge said. “We’ll be able to treat most common illnesses and injuries, from colds and flu to fractures and sprains and everything in between. In addition, we’ll be a reliable, accessible source for drug screenings, employment and sports physicals, occupational medicine, and travel immunizations.” The center will be open seven days a week with extended hours. No appointments will be necessary, and most insurance plans will be accepted.

Piedmont Hospital has received a specialty excellence award for Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention from HealthGrades, the healthcare ratings company. The awards place Piedmont Hospital’s clinical outcomes in the top 10 percent nationally. In addition, Piedmont was ranked Best in Atlanta for Overall Cardiac Care, Cardiac Surgery and Coronary Intervention. Piedmont Hospital received five-star ratings in the categories of treatment of heart attack, coronary intervention, congestive heart attack and bypass surgery. Piedmont’ outcomes place it among the top three hospitals in Georgia for cardiac surgery, cardiology and overall cardiac services.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.