Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
ALBANY ALBANY, Ga. — If all goes as planned, there will be a hospital opening in Americus and the ownership of another changing in Albany on the same day.
Officials with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital said Wednesday that the closing on Palmyra Medical Center is expected to take place today, with the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County officially assuming ownership of the hospital at 12:01 a.m. Friday.
Friday is also the day that the new Phoebe Sumter Medical Center facility, located at 126 U.S. Highway 280 West in Americus, will be officially opening its doors to patients.
Last Friday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the $195 million acquisition of Phoebe’s for-profit competitor on Palmyra Road is immune from intervention by the Federal Trade Commission, as U.S. District Judge Louis Sands had ruled in June.
The FTC had asked the Appeals Court to overturn the decision made by Sands. As of Wednesday, the agency had not said what its next step would be following Friday’s ruling.
On Tuesday, a temporary restraining order requested by attorney Bo Dorough on behalf of a local epidemiologist, Dr.
Corleen Thompson, was denied by Dougherty Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss.
The suit Thompson filed last month against the authority, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Phoebe Putney Health System and Palmyra, sought to halt the purchase of Palmyra.
Authority Chair Ralph Rosenberg and Dr. Charles Lingle, the authority’s vice chair, were also named in the suit.
Meanwhile, in Americus, officials expect Phoebe Sumter’s doors to officially open at noon Friday — six days following the facility’s ribbon-cutting.
“We are extremely proud of the opening of our new hospital, and we know that the community is just as anxious as we are for us to open for business,” Keith Petersen, the hospital’s CEO, said in a statement. “Our goal is to be the finest hospital under 100 beds in the entire nation, and everything that we have done or will do will be centered around that goal.
“It is our intent for the new Phoebe Sumter Medical Center to be an economic engine in the community, a place that will help this area attract businesses and create jobs. We want to do our part in making this community vibrant and spur growth, and we feel that the hospital will be a source of pride and show the resiliency that has been on display since the tornado in 2007.”
The previous facility, Sumter Regional Hospital, was destroyed by a tornado in March 2007. Since that time, the hospital has been operating out of a temporary facility on East Forsyth Street.
In October 2008, Phoebe Putney Health System responded to a request from the Americus and Sumter County Hospital Authority to be a partner in rebuilding a permanent replacement.
The hospital authority in Americus continues to govern Phoebe Sumter.
As a result of that request, Sumter Regional officially began operating as Phoebe Sumter in July 2009.