Major hospital partnership in the works in Middle Georgia
The hospital combination game has taken a second turn in less than a week, this time involving two Middle Georgia systems. Navicent Health, based in Macon, said Thursday that it’s exploring a partnership with Houston Healthcare in Warner Robins. The news from Middle Georgia follows an announcement Tuesday in metro Atlanta that Emory... Read more
State OKs new hospital for Lee County
In the biggest state health care licensing decision in years, Georgia regulators have approved Lee County’s bid to build a 60-bed, $123 million hospital. The certificate-of-need (CON) decision, announced Wednesday by the Department of Community Health, is being celebrated as a triumph for the southwest Georgia county and a... Read more
Partnership fever: Emory, DeKalb Medical ‘hoping to get married’
DeKalb Medical and Emory Healthcare have signed a letter of intent to develop a strategic partnership that could bring the two metro Atlanta health systems together under the Emory roof. The letter of intent means that DeKalb Medical, which has been seeking such a partnership, has ended discussions with... Read more
Are our health care prices not as reasonable as we thought?
The prices of health care services have long been opaque to the average person. Individuals often don’t know whether they are being overcharged or not. But recent efforts by health insurers, state legislatures and private firms have begun to reveal more information about the cost of care for consumers.... Read more
DFCS leader’s farewell: Agency is no longer ‘four-letter word’
Bobby Cagle, who as DFCS director was praised for leading a turnaround at the state agency, has departed for a child welfare position in Los Angeles. This past week, Cagle sent this letter to DFCS staff, thanking them for helping fuel the agency’s progress. Here’s Cagle’s farewell letter:  ... Read more

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