Georgia hospital lands last-minute buyer, avoids closure

Optim Medical Center-Jenkins in Millen, Ga., will no longer close after scoring a buyer less than two weeks before it was slated to shut down, according to Georgia Health News.

Savannah, Ga.-based Optim Healthcare announced in April it planned to close Optim Medical Center-Jenkins on June 24.

Optim said the hospital has faced financial challenges for several years caused by dwindling patient volumes and declining reimbursement from government payers. Optim said the hospital also has major infrastructure challenges, which would require significant investments to address.

On June 16, less than two weeks before the hospital was slated to shut down, Optim Healthcare transferred ownership of the facility to Sunrise, Fla.-based GA Medical Holdings, according to Georgia Health News.

GA Medical Holdings also owns hospitals in Dahlonega, Ga., and Centre, Ala., Jeff Brantley, city administrator of Millen and a member of the local hospital authority, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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