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Atlanta Medical Center Sponsors Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

ATLANTA – July 10, 2015 – The Atlanta BeltLine is proud to announce Atlanta Medical Center as a sponsor of the 2015 Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade.

The Lantern Parade will take place Sept. 12, 2015, kicking off the sixth annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition. Thousands of metro Atlanta residents are expected to turn out for this annual parade of lanterns down the Eastside Trail, which spans two miles between Irwin Street and Piedmont Park. Last year’s attendance was estimated at more than 20,000. The parade is hosted by the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons.

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is the largest outdoor temporary public art exhibition in the history of Atlanta. It showcases the work of hundreds of visual artists, performers and musicians along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. The project places working professionals alongside emerging artists, and draws residents and visitors into some of the most unique public spaces in the city of Atlanta, providing powerful new perspectives on the city’s vibrant neighborhoods.

“The Atlanta BeltLine is excited to unite public art and public health for this exceptional event,” stated Paul Morris, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “We appreciate Atlanta Medical Center’s generous commitment to the arts, to the Atlanta BeltLine, and especially their unique understanding of the importance of art and greenspace in contributing to improved health and active living.”

“We are tremendously grateful for the support the Atlanta Medical Center provides to the Atlanta BeltLine,” said Atlanta BeltLine Executive Director Chuck Meadows. “Through this partnership we are leading Atlantans to healthier lifestyles, one step at a time.”

Atlanta Medical Center physicians also lead walks on the Atlanta BeltLine, promoting exercise to maintain better health. Physicians don’t just “talk the talk,” they “walk the walk,” showing people how to attain a healthier lifestyle and addressing current health trends.

The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other.

Atlanta Medical Center’s main campus is located on Parkway Drive, just a few blocks from the Atlanta BeltLine, and two of its primary care practices – at Inman Park and Amsterdam Walk – are also close to the Atlanta BeltLine.

“The Atlanta BeltLine is in our backyard,” says Thomas E. Casaday, President & CEO of Atlanta Medical Center. “It is one of the best ways for our neighbors to exercise, to walk from one neighborhood to another and to enjoy intown living. We are pleased to support its development as part of our rapidly growing and changing neighborhood.”

To learn more, go to atlantamedcenter.com or art.beltline.org/lantern-parade. To sign up for a walk, visit beltline.org/events.

About Atlanta Medical Center

Founded in 1901, Atlanta Medical Center is a 762-bed acute care hospital, with campuses in downtown Atlanta and East Point, GA.  It is the second largest licensed-bed hospital in Georgia. A teaching hospital, Atlanta Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center and Advanced Primary Stroke Center, earning numerous national awards for its treatment of stroke. It is widely recognized for its women’s services program, including water births, and the hospital’s weight‐loss program is designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Atlanta Medical Center is the Official Healthcare Partner of Georgia Tech Athletics and provides sports medicine coverage to Atlanta Public Schools student athletes. To learn more about Atlanta Medical Center, a facility accredited by The Joint Commission, visit www.atlantamedcenter.com.

About the Atlanta BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit www.BeltLine.org.

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