Beginning today, Smith Northview is an official campus of South Georgia
Officials from the Hospital Authority of Valdosta-Lowndes County and
Ameris Health Systems gathered Wednesday at SGMC to sign the paperwork
together to finalize the sale.
SGMC purchased Smith Northview for $55 million, with no assumption of
debt. Hospital Authority Attorney Walter H. New said the purchase was
financed through an 18-month bridge loan, which is anticipated to be paid
in full in December when SGMC is expected to have a $100 million bond
issue to pay for current and future projects on the main hospital campus.
Interim CEO for Smith Northview, Shamb Purohit, said, “This is a
wonderful moment and we need to celebrate it.”
Yeah, well, he’s paid to say that.
I say it’s a sad day.
First Smith Hospital moved from Hahira
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Who approved the $40 million purchase of Smith Northview Hospital by
South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC)?
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Hospital Authority.
Who is that?
Let’s look on their web pages.
We would, if they had any.
Let’s try the
Valdosta city web pages:
the link to Hospital Authority gets 404 not found.
How about the
Lowndes County web pages? Don’t be silly! The Lowndes County government
doesn’t provide links to any of the 20+ boards and authorities to which
it appoints members.
“There is a push on to change the system we have, a system that is
cost-effective and is a national model, even before we know whether there
will be any real savings,” said House Corrections Committee Chairman
Jerry Madden, R-Richardson .
“I think it’s something we should look at, to see what the real facts
are, but I don’t think we should be rushing to a decision right now
about this,” Madden said. “Most of the Legislature, I believe, think(s)
that a decision this big — whether the system should be privatized
— is one that we should make, not some board or agency.”
The American-Statesman first reported the privatization efforts in March
and that top aides to Gov. Rick Perry have been involved in some of the
meetings with vendors and lobbyists.
The Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) comes in the bottom 10
That’s for overall average wages.
It doesn’t look quite as bad for specific classes of jobs (creative, service,
and working class),
but that’s mostly because there are almost no MSAs in the lowest
However, for service jobs, Valdosta is not as good as Tallahassee,
and makes it into the bottom 10:
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