McDuffie Regional agrees to sell to University Health Care System

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 8:53 PM
Last updated 9:21 PM
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THOMSON — The board that governs McDuffie County Regional Medical Center voted Tuesday to sell the hospital to University Health Care System.

The financial elements of the agreement were not revealed.

Board President Bill Doupé read a motion that the board had drafted in a two-hour closed session. Copies of the motion were not made available to the public.

The board has been in talks with University for more than a year. Each month, the hospital board has heard reports of mounting losses. Cash reserves have not been exhausted, but are declining.

At the Sept. 26 meeting, the board learned that the hospital had 49 admissions in August, the lowest number in its history. In August 2010, the hospital recorded 85 admissions.

According to the draft that Doupé read, the hospital board recognizes the difficulty of continuing to operate independently and the limited potential for expansion in its current location.

The motion agrees to a memorandum of understanding to accomplish the sale of substantially all assets except cash. It requires University to build a replacement hospital in McDuffie County.

Doupé said the motion is only the beginning of the sale process. He did not elaborate.

He said the hospital and University likely will hold a joint news conference in the next few days.

At an Aug. 29 meeting in Thomson, Doupé said the options have been studied carefully. He predicted a resolution to the ongoing discussions within 60 days. He said if the board did decide to sell the hospital, the transaction would be subject to scrutiny from the state Attorney General’s Office. He said that process would include a public hearing.

At that time, McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton said the in-patient portion of the hospital was 50 years old and nearing the end of its useful life.

“If we are going to continue there, that hospital is going to have to be torn down and replaced,” he said then.

Hospital administrator Doug Keir told the same forum that the hospital building is useful for only about five more years. He also said the hospital is losing about $1 million to $1.2 million a year.

Monthly financial reports have called further attention to declining admissions. At the end of August, the hospital’s total cash and investments was $3.563 million, down $106,000 from the previous month.

Doupé has said the hospital board has been firm on the need to continue a medical use for the present facility, on Hill Street near Thomson’s western edge.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/05/11 - 06:07 am
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So, this hospital had 49

So, this hospital had 49 admissions this past August, and University wants to build a brand new hospital there? This hospital is losing a million dollars a year, and University wants to build a brand new hospital there? University MUST smell money in Thomson, otherwise they wouldn't want to do this. They aren't doing it out of the goodness of their hearts. Interesting.

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Ushouldnthave 10/05/11 - 07:45 am
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This is GREAT for people

This is GREAT for people living west of Augusta. McDuffie Regional has, for years, been considered a "bandaid station" until you could get to a quality hospital. To have a top hospital come and build a facility in Thomson that can give quality care to that area is a boon.

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seenitB4 10/05/11 - 08:26 am
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Now this is interesting.....&

Now this is interesting.....& a great idea.....there is room to expand & the people need a trusting facility...many older folks have trouble traveling & this could be a life saver for them....the population has moved to the outskirts & it is still growing..now put some great shopping centers around Appling & Harlem...a few up-scale restaurants & a big bookstore...cause I'm moving back oneday.......also some choices of grocery stores.....a movie theatre would be nice too..:)

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seenitB4 10/05/11 - 08:29 am
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BTW---WallyMart already

BTW---WallyMart already knows the growth is coming to this area.....too bad the decision makers "think" they can drag it all downtown.....ain't gonna happen!!

FalseHopeLooseChange
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FalseHopeLooseChange 10/05/11 - 09:08 am
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This westward expansion from

This westward expansion from Augusta keeps up, we're gonna need a "countryman-west" for McDuffie County.....

Maybe Wormy Newton would take the job....

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Riverman1 10/05/11 - 09:09 am
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FalseHope, Haha.

FalseHope, Haha.

IsAmericaFree
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IsAmericaFree 10/05/11 - 09:13 am
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Anyone else wondering what is

Anyone else wondering what is going to happen to the employees? Is University going to keep the current hospital open until the new one is built and keep the current staff? If they let people go, will they do it based on job performance or seniority? I think it's great for Thomson but really, can the area afford lay-offs until the new facility is completed?

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seenitB4 10/05/11 - 09:38 am
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Maybe we can get CGEE to fill

Maybe we can get CGEE to fill in as the West Appling guy for news in the county....he would run circles around countyman & put interesting/funny jokes on here instead of stats-stats-stats..:)

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Vito45 10/05/11 - 09:45 am
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The harsh reality IsAmer, is

The harsh reality IsAmer, is that organizations do not exist (except a few charitibles) to provide people jobs. Times change and people sometimes get handed the short end of the stick. It sucks when you are on that short end, but it is reality.
In the long run, I wager MORE people are employed and McDuffie County will realize a much larger benefit than if they do nothing now.

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newsjunkie10 10/06/11 - 09:59 am
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This will be beneficial to

This will be beneficial to the community as a whole. It will provide more jobs and provide better health care for the area. Not to mention, bring more revenue into the county. University Hospital is one of the finest in Georgia. The new hospital will be no less. It will have to meet the same standards of excellence.

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