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Hospital Authority unveils website

ALBANY, Ga. — Almost three weeks after the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County gave the green light for its website to be made public, the effort in putting it together has now come to fruition.

Ralph Rosenberg, chairman of the authority, has announced that the board’s website, www.haadc.org, is officially up and running.

The move to create the site came after the Federal Trade Commission’s opposition of the authority’s purchase of Palmyra Medical Center raised some questions about its responsibilities and how it operates.

“The website is designed to better serve our community by making available information regarding the Hospital Authority,” Rosenberg stated in a memo sent to media outlets Tuesday.

Some of the highlights of the site include the authority’s history, biographies of its current members, minutes from previous meetings, financial information and audits, a listing of facilities owned by the authority, surveys commissioned by the authority and news stories regarding the authority.

At the authority’s Aug. 18 meeting, a presentation of the proposed site was made, during which time its nine-member board approved the site’s launching.

At that time, officials had told members of the media it would be made public within 10 days.

The Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County was created in 1941. The authority, appointed by the Dougherty County Commission, was the governing and operating body for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital until December 1990.

At that time, through the terms of a lease, the day-to-day operations of Phoebe were assumed by the hospital.