Rural hospital in east Georgia to close, citing economic pressures
Another rural hospital is closing its doors in Georgia. Jenkins (County) Medical Center in Millen will close in June, and its services will merge with a hospital in Sylvania in neighboring Screven County, the hospitals’ owner, Optim Health System, said Tuesday. The two hospitals are about 20 miles from... Read more
Ideas and a sense of urgency permeate rural health care symposium
For many rural hospitals in Georgia, the threat of closure is constant. The state has one of the highest closure rates for hospitals in the nation, and those numbers do not show any sign of slowing. Policymakers, medical professionals and those interested in rural health care converged at a... Read more
Market shake-up: HCA buying hospital in Savannah
HCA has agreed to acquire Memorial Health’s financially struggling hospital in Savannah in a $710 million deal. The agreement, announced Wednesday night, would provide much-needed cash infusion for Memorial University Medical Center, a large safety-net hospital that has been looking for a partner. The deal would also vault HCA,... Read more
Georgia Supreme Court hears arguments in Northside records case
Is the nonprofit Northside Hospital Inc. subject to the state’s open records law? The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments on the high-profile case, which involves Northside’s rejection of requests for information about financial documents and other matters. Attorney Peter Canfield argued that Northside – a financially successful... Read more
Georgia slips lower in Leapfrog ratings on hospital safety
Less than 20 percent of Georgia hospitals earned an “A” grade on patient safety in the latest ratings from the Leapfrog Group. The 17.6 percent figure put Georgia in 40th place among states ranked on percentages of top-safety hospitals. The ratings from Leapfrog, a patient safety organization founded by... Read more

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