Adventist Health System (AHS) and The Hospital Authority of Murray County have announced their intention to enter into a long-term lease agreement, where AHS will manage Murray Medical Center (MMC).
In Georgia, the long term lease agreement must be reviewed and approved by the state’s Attorney General. “We anticipate that it will take the Attorney General a minimum of 90 days to review the agreement and then give approval,” says Murray County Commissioner Brittany Pittman. “Once that is done, Adventist Health System will move forward with the long term lease of the facility.”
While the long term lease agreement is under review, The Hospital Authority and AHS have entered into an interim management agreement. The agreement was signed on September 29 by both parties and becomes effective on October 5 at 12:01 am.
During this initial first phase, AHS will begin managing the day-to-day operations of Murray Medical Center. Some of AHS’s key responsibilities will be for administration, patient safety, purchasing and personnel.
“This agreement means that the residents of Murray County will continue to have a hospital,” says Dr. Randall Richards, chair of the Hospital Authority of Murray County. “Every member of the Murray County Hospital Authority has worked diligently to keep our doors open and to provide the primary health care that our citizens deserve. We view this new relationship with AHS as a very positive move that will assist in continuing to attract new people and new businesses to this beautiful part of Georgia. Our staff at Murray Medical Center is second to none and I personally believe the people at AHS will be very proud of our staff as they see the dedication and expertise of each member of the team.”
“We are excited about this affiliation and feel it is taking healthcare in our community to the next level,” adds Pittman. “Adventist Health System has an excellent reputation for quality in our area, from owning Gordon Hospital and we wanted to partner with them because we feel like it is the best choice for the residents of our community. They have well-established physician practices located here, and their mission aligns well with our goals for Murray Medical Center as we look to expand services to our residents.”
"We are pleased that the Hospital Authority of Murray County has chosen us to partner with them in this venture,” says Pete Weber, president/CEO of the Southeast Region for Adventist Health System. "The Hospital Authority of Murray County, the administration, physicians and employees of Murray Medical Center have always been committed to providing the best possible healthcare for their community, and AHS is now proud to be part of that effort and commitment.”
"Healthcare delivery is changing so it can be difficult for stand-alone community hospitals to thrive in the environment that we are experiencing," says Pittman.
"This is an exciting time for both Murray Medical and for us," says Weber. "Chatsworth and Murray County are growing communities, and we are proud to be a partner in that growth and prosperity."
About Murray Medical Center
Murray Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 43 bed hospital located in Chatsworth, Ga. was recognized as a "Best Practice Hospital" by the Georgia Hospital Association in the care of Acute M.I. (heart attacks). Similarly, Murray Medical Center was also recently presented with a National Quality Leader Award in the care of Pneumonia by the Care Science Group. In recent patient satisfaction survey results, Murray Medical Center has ranked as high as the 99th percentile nationally. Murray Medical is accredited by The Joint Commission.
About Adventist Health System
Adventist Health System is a faith-based health care organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction, Adventist Health System's more than 70,000 employees maintain a tradition of whole-person health by caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of every patient.
With 45 hospital campuses and nearly 8,300 licensed beds in 10 states, Adventist Health System facilities incorporate the latest technological advancements and clinical research to serve more than 4.5 million patients annually. The full continuum of integrated care also includes urgent care centers, home health and hospice agencies, and skilled nursing facilities.
Each Adventist Health System facility operates independently in delivering care and services to best meet the needs of the local communities they serve. While each entity is unique, all remain united in one mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ.