Buyer emerges to save Millen hospital from closing
A rural hospital in eastern Georgia has been saved from closure. Optim Medical Center-Jenkins, set to close this month, announced Monday that it has been sold to GA Medical Holdings Corp. The 25-bed “critical access’’ facility in Millen in Jenkins County was due to merge operations with another hospital... Read more
Commentary: Don’t take the risk of dumping CON
Certificate of Need laws regulate health care facilities in Georgia — and they have provoked an endless stream of debate. Every year, the General Assembly’s assemblage of bills contains proposed changes to CON, backed by proponents who say the current regulations have stymied worthwhile projects. Retired health care executive... Read more
Our CON laws are working, and we need to keep them
For the past few decades, there has been a push at many levels to do away with government regulations on business. This effort has only increased recently. Along these lines, every year or two, some state politician suggests doing away with Georgia’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws, which regulate... Read more
First person: When my stroke hit, MARTA and Grady showed Atlanta at its best
Editor’s note: Louis Mayeux is a veteran Atlanta journalist. This is his first-person account of his stroke: The speed of the attack surprised me. One moment, I stood in the Lenox MARTA Station, reloading my Breeze card. The next, I couldn’t understand the machine’s instructions. My mind had blown... Read more
State AG backs wider view of records in hospital court fight
The state’s attorney general has urged the Georgia Supreme Court to reverse a lower court opinion that barred access to Northside Hospital’s financial records. Chris Carr, in office since late last year, said in a Monday court filing that the Georgia Open Records Act is broader in its applications... Read more

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