Flint River Hospital Closing Emergency Room

7:04 AM, Sep 2, 2013   |    comments
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Montezuma's Flint River Hospital plans to close its emergency room Sunday.

A news release from the hospital says they'll convert the emergency department into a crisis-stabilization unit and also establish an urgent-care unit.

Earlier this month, some people in Macon County warned that closing the emergency room would mean longer ambulance trips for the injured and ill, to Perry or Americus.

The hospital's news release says changes in health care are forcing them to adopt a more efficient business model. That includes concentrating on specialized services like substance-abuse and mental-health treatment.

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"The volume of business in a rural community is insufficient to support a stand alone 50-bed general hospital," said the release from hospital CEO Philip H. Eastman III.

The hospital also serves people who live in other small counties like Schley, Taylor, and Dooly - which also had an emergency room closing in Vienna.

 

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