Personally I hope they shut the place down. The sooner the better. They have done this to themselves by providing 3rd rate care to residents. If they had been providing proper care and taking care of the patients and helping the patients familes then they would not be in this situation.
I have lived in No Georgia most of my life and I have been a patient at Hutcheson. But never again. Their staff is rude and uncaring particularly the ER staff. The reputation they have with most North Georgians will take years to repair. Personally if I had a heart attack in their main lobby I would want to be taken to another hospital. My chances of survival would be greater in the back of an ambulance than it would in their ER. I can think of no reason to visit their facility. I personally believe I could get better medical care at the vet's office than at Hutcheson. This is only my opinion but it comes from having a bad experience there several years ago and actually leaving my hospital room at 7/8 am in the morning to go to Memorial where I received excellent medical care. Dr. Viscomi was my doctor and even he was shocked when I told him what happened. Maybe with Erlange things will get better I don't see how they could get any worse.
The city is committing economic sucide. The fellow in the above text indicated he would move to Georgia. I know every business in Chattanooga can't do that but they will be forced to either cut their cuts which means employees, advertising are the two most likely to be cut at first and then they will raise their prices which will send customers across the border. Right not if you go to the Walmart in Fort Oglethorpe you will see as many cars from Tennessee as from Georgia almost any day or any time. When Costco decided to locate in NW Georgia don't you think they looked at what it would cost them to do business in Chattanooga vs Georgia. I like Chattanooga (except Redbank) and I love the downtown area near the river and the parks and I hate to see them run off old business and chase away new business. I urge them to find alternatives to raiseing so many fees so soon. The next thing will be the homeowners who will start looking outside of Chattanooga for their next home. There has to be alternatives. Chattanooga has a great potential and things will get better but it is going to take a few years but until then look for options, alternatives etc to raiseing money for Chattanooga. Don't hurt the business who have for years supported Chattanooga or the people who live in and love Chattanooga by raising taxes. There was to be options. If you look for them you will find them. Someone once said "The needs of the many outweight the needs of the few". Good luck. There is a better way.