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DeKalb Medical says several health systems open to a partnership

Three months after sending out invitations for potential partnerships, DeKalb Medical Center says it has received bids from several suitors.

Cheryl Iverson, a DeKalb Medical vice president, did not identify the hospital systems making offers.

“We had a very good response,’’   Iverson said late last week.

The partnership proposals have occurred amid the continued consolidation of hospital systems, both here and nationally. This week, two big metro Atlanta players — Gwinnett Health System and Northside Hospital — announced they had completed the details of their long-awaited merger agreement and submitted it to the state attorney general for approval. And rural Stephens ...

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Gwinnett-Northside deal finally completed, needs state approval

Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System said Thursday that they have reached a merger agreement, and have submitted that plan to the state attorney general for approval.

The deal originally had been projected to have a closing date of early 2016, and the unusually long delay puzzled many health care experts. (Here’s a recent GHN article on the delay.)

The combination, if approved, will create a five-hospital system with a dominant position in areas of north Atlanta and major suburbs.

The Northside-Gwinnett Health combined system could be operational in early 2018, the two systems said Wednesday. The attorney general is likely to approve the merger, experts ...

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State Medicaid chief departs with no official explanation

The director of Georgia Medicaid has left that position, state officials said Tuesday.

Linda Wiant’s departure as Medicaid chief appeared to come suddenly, since she had attended Thursday’s Department of Community Health board meeting.

It was not clear whether Wiant resigned or was dismissed.

A deputy Medicaid director, Marcey Alter, also left her job this week, Community Health deputy commissioner Lisa Marie Shekell confirmed on Tuesday. Shekell declined to comment on the reasons behind either of the departures.

Shekell said no interim or permanent Medicaid chief has been named to replace Wiant, who had appeared to be well-liked by health care industry leaders in the state.

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Seeking partnerships is a survival strategy for rural hospitals 

“Looking for a partner’’ seems like a theme best suited to a high school dance or a dating website.

That phrasing, though, is increasingly used in health care to describe financially strapped hospitals’ efforts to seek a combination with a system that has a better bottom line.

Hospitals in metro Atlanta, Savannah, Columbus, Milledgeville and elsewhere have recently explored forging such partnerships to boost their fortunes.

The latest hospital to express that sentiment is in Toccoa, in northeast Georgia. There, the Stephens County Hospital Authority last week approved considering a possible partnership or sale of the 96-bed hospital.

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