The Healthcare Authority of Cullman County will assume control of 115-bed Cullman (Ala.) Regional Medical Center in the next several weeks after signing a binding contract to purchase the 50% interest owned for the past decade by Baptist Health System, Birmingham, Ala. Terms were not disclosed. When the parties struck a tentative deal in mid-August, they announced Barry Cochran, the hospital's chief executive since October 2004, would leave his post. James Weidner, a senior executive with Pitts Management Associates, Baton Rouge, La., was named chief executive officer. -- by Michael Romano
Ala. authority to take over county hospital from Baptist
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