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Hutcheson Medical Center To Suspend Labor And Delivery Services; Was Losing $2 Million Per Year; 37 Employees Affected

Hutcheson Medical to suspend labor and delivery

The board of directors for Hutcheson Medical Center announced Wednesday evening that the hospital will suspend its labor and delivery services as of Dec. 31. Officials cited the suspension of services "as part of a larger strategic plan to refocus the hospital’s resources on community medical and surgical services that are financially viable and return the hospital to profitability."

Hutcheson’s Certificate of Need allows the hospital to resume services within a 12-month period.

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Hutcheson Medical, counties agree hospital should remain independent

Hutcheson to remain independent

The board of directors for Hutcheson Medical Center and its hospital authority announced Monday that the hospital has adopted a new strategic plan and is exploring financial solutions with a major lender in efforts to remain independent.

The announcement comes six months after the board of directors began exploring options to lease the north Georgia medical facility to a healthcare partner.

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Fort Oglethorpe hospital continues discussions with possible lease partner

The Hutcheson Medical Center (HMC) and Hutcheson Authority boards of directors met Monday, Nov. 11, to consider responses to a RFP and options available to Hutcheson Medical Center.

The boards of the tri-county hospital issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) earlier this year for a prospective health-care partner to lease its Fort Oglethorpe medical facility, and responses were received last month.

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Increased blood usage causing shortage on O negative blood supply

Blood Assurance Issues Plea for Donations

Blood Assurance is issuing a plea for blood donations as the inventory levels of type O negative have dropped to a critical level.

The current shortage is due to an increased usage of blood by local hospitals for traumas and other procedures.

O negative is the universal blood type, given to patients in an emergency situation when their own blood type is unknown.

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Fort Oglethorpe hospital reports $1.5 million loss for August

Hospital Reports Loss for August

Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe announced August financial results at the hospital’s board of directors’ budget and finance committee meeting on Sept. 23.

Hospital officials said the hospital’s monthly operating loss was $1.5 million, versus a budgeted gain of $305,146. Year to date, the hospital is $8,611,996 ahead compared to last year.

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Catoosa County commissioners table financing plan for hospital

Commissioners Table Decision on Hutcheson

A crowd of more than 100 people attended the Catoosa County commission meeting Thursday morning. After the commission voted to wait on supporting the hospital with $35 million short-term loan, about half the crowd applauded. The other half of the audience were hospital employees and executives, who did not applaud the motion.

After a lengthy executive session this morning, commissioners decided a resolution to support Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe with a bond anticipation note was a big deal and they needed more time to think about it.

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Fort Oglethorpe hospital cutting ties with Erlanger

Erlanger Hutcheson Cut Ties

Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe is looking to get out of its management relationship with Erlanger Health System.

“The terms of an agreement are in negotiation, but it is the intent of the (Hutcheson) board that Erlanger (in Chattanooga) will no longer manage Hutcheson,” reads a prepared statement from Hutcheson.

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Hutcheson opens Urgent Care Clinic on the Parkway

Hutcheson Logo

Hutcheson Medical Center this week announced the opening of its new Urgent Care Clinic at Hutcheson on the Parkway, which is located on Battlefield Parkway in Catoosa County.

The clinic is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week and treats patients with acute medical conditions and minor emergencies.

The clinic also offers pre-employment physicals, drug screens, and worker’s compensation evaluations.

Hutcheson emergency department physician Sandra Carmichael is the clinic’s medical director and primary medical provider.

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Fort Oglethorpe hospital gains more financial footing: : Medicare reimbursements resume

hutcheson gains more financial footing

It was a good financial report for April that landed the Hospital Authority of Hutcheson Medical Center on sure footing, ready to make another move to guarantee its successful operation.

For three months the hospital has continued to gain momentum despite government-funded Medicaid halting reimbursement. Since Jan. 24, Medicaid payments to the hospital have been halted in order to pay back overpayments made during the previous administration. With a rate of interest at about 11 percent, the government has collected approximately $8.1 million of the $11.1 million owed.

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Catoosa Commissioners give Hutcheson Hospital a Lifeline

catoosa commissioners give hutcheson a lifeline

Ringgold GA, (WDEF)- Catoosa County Commissioners this morning gave the green light to keep Hutcheson Medical Center open.
 
Jim Cutler, District 3 Commissioner,"Be able to continue to pay current bill and bills that may come up in the future".

They say that locals must remember that the 2.5 million dollars is a credit line.

Jim Cutler,"We are not borrowing the entire 2.5, again it is a line of credit."

Catoosa County Chairman Keith Greene says the simple reason for the hospitals problems is, debt.

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