Baptist Meriwether Hospital, a 25-bed facility in Warm Springs, Ga., will be taken over by the Meriwether County Hospital Authority July 1 after its parent, Georgia Baptist Health Care System, Atlanta, ends its nearly eight-year-long management of the hospital and an affiliated 79-bed nursing home. Billy Hayes, the hospital administrator, said the Meriwether hospital was the last of five facilities once owned or managed by the health system, whose board voted in 2000 to leave the hospital business and continue its ministry through a foundation model, Hayes said. The authority intends to find an outside company to either manage or lease the hospital as an acute-care facility. -- by Michael Romano
Georgia Baptist exits the hospital business
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