Memorial makes North Georgia purchases, sets up health care duel [photos]

The former Hutcheson Medical Center ambulatory surgery center is located on Battlefield Parkway. CHI Memorial Hospital will purchase Cornerstone Medical Center in late December, CEO Larry Schumacher announced December 1, 2017. In addition, CHI Memorial will purchase the former Hutcheson Medical Center ambulatory surgery center, located on Battlefield Parkway in Ringgold. The center has been owned by Regions Bank since Hutcheson shut down. on December 1, 2017.

In front of local politicians and business owners, CHI Memorial CEO Larry Schumacher staked a claim to the North Georgia health care market, setting up a feud with Erlanger Health System.

Schumacher announced Friday morning that his hospital purchased Cornerstone Medical Center, the Fort Oglethorpe enterprise that has operated since 1953. Not only that, he said, but CHI Memorial also bought Hutcheson Medical Center's shut-down ambulatory surgery and cancer center, located on Battlefield Parkway.

CHI Memorial paid Regions Bank $4.5 million for the building on Nov. 15, property records show. A hospital spokeswoman declined to comment on the price of the purchase of the Cornerstone campus, located at 100 Gross Crescent Circle.