Trenton, GA (WDEF) – Hutcheson Medical Center is ruffling a few feathers after announcing their cost-cutting plan to close the labor and delivery ward at the main hospital in Fort. Oglethorpe, and sell the Trenton Family Practice in Dade County.
However, officials like Ted Rumley, county executive for Dade County, are fighting to keep the family practice right where it belongs. "Our IDA, Industrial Development Authority, now they’re gonna purchase the property," said Rumley, "(But) this all is pending on a ruling by the bankruptcy court."
Back in November hospital leaders at the time filed for bankruptcy when the center faced nearly $80 million dollars in liabilities. But next week, Dade County officials will ask a judge to approve their plan to sell to IDA, eventually allowing Memorial Hospital to step in as the provider.
"It’s a very critical part of the community, and more so than I realized," said Rumley.
According to the county executive, last year alone close to 8,000 patients visited Trenton Family Practice for medical care, "It’s a critical part of Dade County, not only for the people that live here but the industrial part of it."
Rumley said if approved, the change will be a win-win all around. Not only for the community, but also for the IDA and Memorial, "It’ll be kind of a stepping stone to the hospital. They’ll be able to do so much more here now as far as preparation. If you’re going through surgery or whatever."
Rumley also said the change in management won’t cost tax payers a penny, because the IDA plans to handle all purchases.