Tanner Health System to Purchase Wedowee Clinic
Posted Date: 12/28/2011
The Wedowee Hospital Authority and Tanner Health System have reached an agreement for the health system to purchase the Wedowee Clinic from the hospital authority.
While details of the deal are still being ironed out, the authority agreed to sell the clinic to Tanner for $202,000, entering a 90-day transition period during which the clinic will be integrated into Tanner Medical Group, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician groups.
Patients will see little change in the practice in the short-term, but the agreement means that the clinic will relocate to the new Tanner/East Alabama medical complex under construction on South Main Street in Wedowee. Tanner/East Alabama is expected to open in the fall.
“This arrangement will expand access to care and efficiency in healthcare delivery for the residents of Randolph County, because it will enable us to consolidate the community’s healthcare providers into one medical practice,” said Loy Howard, president and CEO of Tanner Health System. “It will also help the specialists who will be rotating through Tanner/East Alabama align care with the primary care providers in the community, since they will all be serving in the same location.”
Under the terms of the arrangement, Tanner will acquire the clinic’s medical records, and the clinic’s providers will become Tanner employees. Howard said arrangements are still being made for the clinic’s employees, who will become Tanner employees upon successfully completing the on-boarding process.
Howard said Tanner would rent the existing clinic location from Wedowee Hospital until Tanner/East Alabama opens, which – along with the cost of purchasing the clinic – would provide the hospital with operating funds. Insurance plans accepted by the clinic are not expected to change.
“Patients may notice gradual improvements made to the practice and the facility, but they won’t notice a huge change until the practice moves to the new, more modern Tanner/East Alabama facility,” said Howard.
Tanner Health System is a nonprofit, regional healthcare provider serving west Georgia and east Alabama. Tanner facilities include Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton, Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica, Higgins General Hospital in Bremen and the inpatient behavioral health facility Willowbrooke at Tanner in Villa Rica.
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