July 13, 2012
Phoebe North Hospital located on Palmyra Road.
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House Bill 230 failed to meet the crossover deadline, meaning it would have to wait until next year to receive a vote.
The bill remains viable for the legislative session next year.
Bed capacity for the NICU is expected to be at least 20 percent greater at Phoebe North than it is now at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
Two Southwest Georgia representatives are among a group of legislators who have authored a bill in the state House that would close a loophole in state law created by a ruling Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court that blocked Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital from merging with Palmyra without approval of the federal government.
The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear the case regarding the purchase of Palmyra Medical Center in June, and sets arguments for Nov. 26.
Officials with Phoebe Putney Health System have begun the process of consolidating hospital facilities.
An Albany attorney has filed action in Dougherty Superior Court on behalf of a local doctor requesting that the lease for Phoebe North be set aside until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the Federal Trade Commission's appeal of the hospital's purchase.