The Georgia Attorney General’s office has signed off on the transfer of McDuffie Regional Medical Center to University Hospital, University announced this afternoon.
The Attorney General found that the Thomson-based hospital’s charitable assets would be safeguarded in the transfer. University has also pledged to build a $25-$30 million replacement hospital building just off Interstate 20.
University will build the new building within two years of closing, which is expected later this month. The transfer would follow more than a year of negotiation, University said in a news release.
“This is an exciting day for University Health Care System and for the people who live and work in McDuffie County,” said University CEO Jim Davis said. “A few key people with input and direction from McDuffie County community, physicians and other community leaders worked hard during trying times to ensure that McDuffie County residents have high-quality health care close to home.”