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EAMC to merge with George H. Lanier Hospital

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The East Alabama Medical Center will soon take George H. Lanier Hospital in Valley under its wing.

Both boards signed a letter of intent that would fully affiliate EAMC with Lanier Health Services.

"If you keep up with what is going on in healthcare, its pretty difficult out there for smaller rural hospitals. They have significant issues that deal with financing, so they were looking for a partner," explains EAMC President Terry Andrus.

Under the agreement, Lanier Hospital, the nursing home and all physical facilities will continue to be owned by Lanier Health Services and leased to a subsidiary of EAMC. 

Andrus says the EAMC will benefit by seeing an increased flow of patients as people from Lanier begin to take of advantage of EAMC specialists.

"Obviously a community like Valley needs healthcare and if we can help them sustain that then I guess it's good for them and obviously for us."

Lanier Hospital will keep its name and become an operating entity of the EAMC healthcare delivery system. 

Officials say EAMC does not plan to lay off any employees, but may reduce the staff size of both hospitals through attrition.

In May of this year, voters in Chambers County passed a referendum approving a four-mill property tax levy to be used for the direct support of Lanier Hospital. The merger will not affect the tax or its use to benefit Lanier."

"That will stay in place. It was designed to help the hospital wit their dept and capital needs. That money will continue to go to the Chattahoochee Hospital Society and use that to help pay the dept or for capital improvements at Lanier Hospital," explains Andrus.

The transaction is expected to close before year-end.

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