Navicent deal with N.C.-based chain shakes up hospital business in Middle Georgia
Macon-based Navicent Health and Charlotte-based Atrium Health announced Thursday that they have signed a definitive agreement to combine their nonprofit systems on Jan. 1. Atrium will be the controlling entity in the combination. This will be a major foray into Georgia by Atrium, which was formerly known as Carolinas... Read more
Effort to change Georgia’s CON laws gains more momentum
Following a similar move by a House panel, a Georgia Senate study committee has proposed some major changes in the state’s health care regulatory structure known as certificate of need (CON). The panel, chaired by state Sen. Ben Watson (R-Savannah), a physician, has formulated draft legislation that could ease... Read more
What place does faith have in the health care business?
Denny DeSimone, who doesn’t consider herself to be a religious person, had to get used to faith in the workplace when she began working at Gordon Hospital in Calhoun. The hospital is managed by the Adventist Health System and follows many principles of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The church... Read more
Northside making lots of moves even as Gwinnett merger has stalled
The mysterious delay in the merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System is continuing, month after month. The mega-deal, once forecast to close in 2016, is still in the hands of the Federal Trade Commission, which must approve the transaction. But Northside hasn’t been sitting idly by, waiting... Read more
One ER patient’s tragic story
During the past eight months, Georgia Health News and WebMD have investigated violations of a longstanding federal law on emergency room care. Our investigation found that over a 27-month period, about 1 in 7 of these ER violations involved patients who were having a mental health crisis, including having... Read more

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