published Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

3 Hutcheson boards vote to OK Erlanger pact

Three of the four boards that own or oversee Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe voted today to accept a partnership agreement with Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga.

The holdout was the Hospital Authority of Walker, Dade and Catoosa Counties, which actually owns the hospital. Authority trustees were scheduled to meet today at the same time and place as the other three boards, but their meeting was canceled Saturday. Members said today the meeting was reset for Wednesday.

Hutcheson officials and community leaders have been negotiating a partnership that would pump money into the struggling hospital and help it rebuild its physician and patient base.

Erlanger has promised to put in $20 million, but Hospital Authority officials have worried about requirement that the three counties guarantee the loan.

See Monday’s Times Free Press for complete coverage.

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nannylinda said...

yes , we are finally moving on with this deal except 2 of the walker county people are holding things up who are on the primary board. they want to end the other boards , by themself can not complete this deal or anyother deal. so what is ms bebe and don oliver motive for holding up this deal ? who will it help? If they have their way the hospital will close and then where will the poor go for care? who pocket is lined if we go with one of the other groups as the rumur goes? stop the poltics and get on with the business at hand and save the hospital. as a walker county resident closing the hospital will not save me money it will cost me more to sent the poor down to atlanta or rome for care. cause in the end everyone does pay the bill . it being the tax payers!

April 3, 2011 at 10:35 p.m.
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