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County to send letter in support of Phoebe

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County Commission instructed County Attorney Spencer Lee to compose a letter in support of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in the hospital's quest to move forward with utilization of the Phoebe North campus that was formerly Palmyra Medical Center.

District 2 Commissioner John Hayes, who sits on the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County, recommended the action at the commission's business meeting Monday, citing similar action taken by the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.

"Regardless of what side you may be on as far as the legal issues in this matter, we're fortunate to have such a vibrant health care facility in our community," Hayes said. "I suggest we send a letter similar to the one sent by the EDC to underscore the value of the health care provided by Phoebe and the positive economic impact it has on the community."

The issue was not on the meeting agenda and could not, therefore, go through the formal vote process. But when asked for a consensus on the matter, five of the six members present offered support for the letter. Vice Chair Gloria Gaines, who conducted a series of three commission meetings in Chair Jeff Sinyard's absence Monday, voted against Hayes' request.

"My first question would be to whom do we address this letter?" Gaines said. "I feel that this issue is a legal one, and I don't see how a letter from us is going to impact the matter. Certainly everyone supports the economic impact Phoebe has on the community, but I don't know what purpose a letter from us would serve."

Hayes countered Gaines' argument by saying, "This isn't about getting into the legality. I think it matters that we show we support Phoebe for the positive impact it has on the community."

Comments

Sister_Ruby_Two 1 year, 5 months ago

The EDC and the County both are just proving themselves to be low rent whores.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 5 months ago

Commissioner John Hayes, who sits on the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County, recommended the action at the commission's business meeting. No conflict of interest here. Never mind what would be in the best interest of improving local health care and reducing that cost.

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ittybittyme 1 year, 5 months ago

Got the worse healthcare ever at Phoebe. Cannot wait to move to a decent city to get less expensive decent healthcare

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VietVet1 1 year, 5 months ago

What a shame! Just goes to show how low they can go.

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rightasrain 1 year, 5 months ago

Sister Ruby has hit the DCC "nail on the head". I used to respect one of the men on the DCC, but no longer; he has morphed into a typical politician. No one on the DCC, ACC or any other controlling factor should be allowed to "serve" more than one term. These "life-timers" stop being servants to their constituents and become their masta.

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Amazed2 1 year, 5 months ago

Good Bye and best wishes on your move ittybittyme.

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Amazed2 1 year, 5 months ago

And leave the Good Life City?

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rosemarie 1 year, 5 months ago

Albany people need's to wake up and see that Phoebe owning both hospitals is nothing but a monopoly. It. is for them to control every aspect of health care in Albany needs to step up and demand changes..

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Amazed2 1 year, 5 months ago

Rosemarie! You have change my dear wake up. Phoebe will not operate the property and Palmyra has no intention of returning. Just not going to happen. The building on Palmyra Road will be locked up and secured till some point in the distant future. Since they are not being allowed to complete the deal for now Phoebe North will not exist and approx 200 to 300 will be Played Off/Terminated. Palmyra left because they wanted out.

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pinetop 1 year, 5 months ago

Had two children born at Phoebe when it was a good hospital. Now. it is just a moneymaking machine to pay it's President a million dollars per year salary. It is creating a monopoly covering all of Southwest Georgia. Thank goodness, I have escaped their high costs and live in Alabama. Dothan has excellent hospitals and Doctors at a reasonable cost.

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rosemarie 1 year, 5 months ago

Don't think so Palmyra had applied for and got permission to star delivering babies, and would have gave Phoebe some competition . Phoebe is a money hungry hospital, unless wanting to do all kinds of tests until they find out you don't have insurance then they go at a snails pace to help you... I have insurance but I have seen it with my own eyes..

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Amazed2 1 year, 5 months ago

Rosemarie then why did Palmyra leave town? And are you thinking the Palmyra Moving Trucks are coming back to town?? Don't think so. Just a couple hundred or more out of work thanks to big brother.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 5 months ago

Palmyra left because it was bullied into submission!

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stc1993 1 year, 5 months ago

You don't think they will come back if they have to give Phoebe $192 million back. I don't know myself, they might not even have to give it back, but I kinda think Phoebe covered their rear in case of such an occurance.

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