published Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Hutcheson trustees to hear proposal from for-profit


by Emily Bregel
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    This is the campus of Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe. Staff File Photo by Angela Lewis/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Trustees of the hospital authority that owns Hutcheson Medical Center have called a meeting for Friday to hear alternatives to partnering with Erlanger Health System, according to a document obtained by the Times Free Press.

Trustees will “receive short presentation[s] of other possible options from HMA and others” at the called meeting of the Hospital Authority, according to a preliminary agenda for the meeting.

HMA, or Health Management Associates, is a Naples, Fla.-based for-profit company that operates 59 hospitals in 15 states, according to its website.

Hutcheson officials have been negotiating with Erlanger on a partnership that would provide a financial infusion for the struggling community hospital.

For complete details see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Emily Bregel...

Health care reporter Emily Bregel has worked at the Chattanooga Times Free Press since July 2006. She previously covered banking and wrote for the Life section. Emily, a native of Baltimore, Md., earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Columbia University. She received a first-place award for feature writing from the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists’ Golden Press Card Contest for a 2009 article about a boy with a congenital heart defect. She ...

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