Another contract standoff looms between United, Northside
Three months ago, two Northside hospitals in Gwinnett County went out of network with UnitedHealthcare, affecting thousands of the insurance company’s members. Looming now is the potential for other Northside hospitals — including the health system’s flagship facility in Atlanta — to drop off the United provider network as... Read more
Hospital closure: A rural Black community loses a lifeline
This article first appeared in STAT, which gave Georgia Health News permission to republish it. Photos are by Bethany Mollenkof for STAT. By Olivia Goldhill In every corner of Latasha Taylor’s home are plants she knows nothing about. After years spent shirking her mother’s calls to join her in... Read more
Facing ‘worst ever’ demand for nurses, some hospitals offering unprecedented bonuses 
One sign of the severity of Georgia’s nurse shortage can be seen in the bonuses offered to experienced RNs to join a hospital workforce. Some health systems in the state are paying bonuses of more than $10,000 to attract nurses. And Piedmont Healthcare, which is rapidly becoming Georgia’s biggest health... Read more
Another hospital changing hands: AdventHealth to buy Redmond in Rome
The flurry of Georgia hospital deals continued Thursday with AdventHealth announcing that it’s purchasing an HCA hospital in Rome. The acquisition of Redmond Regional Medical Center had been rumored for weeks. It’s the fifth hospital that Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare plans to sell in Georgia. The other four — two... Read more
Rapidly growing Piedmont seeks deal with Augusta system
Piedmont Healthcare, fresh off a deal to buy four hospitals from HCA, is looking to continue its expansion into new areas of Georgia. The Atlanta-based system announced Wednesday that it has signed a letter of intent with University Health Care System in Augusta, exploring the possibility of adding it... Read more

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