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Major hospital partnership in the works in Middle Georgia

The hospital combination game has taken a second turn in less than a week, this time involving two Middle Georgia systems.

Navicent Health, based in Macon, said Thursday that it’s exploring a partnership with Houston Healthcare in Warner Robins.

The news from Middle Georgia follows an announcement Tuesday in metro Atlanta that Emory Healthcare and DeKalb Medical have started talks about a partnership. If that deal comes to a fruition, DeKalb Medical would become part of Emory.

The Macon system includes The Medical Center, Navicent Health; Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health; Navicent Health Baldwin in Milledgeville, which was recently acquired; and Medical Center of Peach ...

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State OKs new hospital for Lee County

In the biggest state health care licensing decision in years, Georgia regulators have approved Lee County’s bid to build a 60-bed, $123 million hospital.

The certificate-of-need (CON) decision, announced Wednesday by the Department of Community Health, is being celebrated as a triumph for the southwest Georgia county and a significant setback to Phoebe Putney Health System, based in nearby Albany.

“We’ve been working on this for six years,’’ said Winston Oxford, director of the Lee County Development Authority. “This will create much-needed competition in our local market.”

Oxford told GHN that the hospital project would create 350 jobs and have a $38 million ...

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Partnership fever: Emory, DeKalb Medical ‘hoping to get married’

DeKalb Medical and Emory Healthcare have signed a letter of intent to develop a strategic partnership that could bring the two metro Atlanta health systems together under the Emory roof.

The letter of intent means that DeKalb Medical, which has been seeking such a partnership, has ended discussions with other systems and is entering exclusive talks with Emory.

“We think there’s a great synergy between the academic health system [of Emory] and the community-based system,’’ Cheryl Iverson, a DeKalb Medical vice president, said Tuesday after the announcement. “We felt it was the best situation for us.”

 

“We’re engaged and hoping to get married,’’ she said.

DeKalb ...

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Are our health care prices not as reasonable as we thought?

The prices of health care services have long been opaque to the average person. Individuals often don’t know whether they are being overcharged or not.

But recent efforts by health insurers, state legislatures and private firms have begun to reveal more information about the cost of care for consumers.

Still, the picture is not always crystal clear.

As comparative information on health care prices has become more available in recent years, Atlanta and Georgia typically rank below the national averages. But a new comparison of hospital outpatient costs shows the opposite about metro Atlanta — with its hospitals ranking above the national average, and ...

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