Walker County, Ga., Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell voted this morning to back another $2 million loan to Hutcheson Medical Center.
“They can’t make another payroll without some backing,” Heiskell said of the publicly owned Fort Oglethorpe hospital.
Almost 800 employees work at Hutcheson, representing almost that many families, Heiskell said.
Walker and Catoosa counties previously have backed $6 million worth of low-interest loans to Hutcheson. Another $2 million would bring the total to $8 million loaned to the hospital by Regions Bank backed by the two counties.
The hospital board has been meeting behind closed doors to weigh what officials describe as more than one proposal from health care organizations to manage Hutcheson.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Tim Omarzu covers Catoosa and Walker counties for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California. Stories he's covered include crime in blighted parts of metro Detroit and Reno, Nev.; environmental activists tree-sitting in California's Sierra Nevada foothills; attempts by the Michigan Militia to take over a township¹s government in northern Michigan. A native of Michigan, ...