Tanner Health System is a nonprofit regional health system serving a nine-county area of west Georgia and east Alabama. Tanner’s medical staff is comprised of more than 300 physicians representing 34 unique medical specialties.
As a nonprofit healthcare organization, Tanner does not operate for the benefit of shareholders, but rather for the good of the communities Tanner serves. Instead of dispersing earnings to shareholders, Tanner reinvests profits back into improving health care for communities in west Georgia and east Alabama in the form of expanded facilities, advanced technology, additional physicians and caregivers, emergency care, community outreach, educational programs and other related benefits. Tanner does not receive any local taxpayer dollars.
Tanner facilities currently include the 181-bed acute care Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton, the 40-bed acute care Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica, the 25-bed critical access Higgins General Hospital in Bremen and the 82-bed behavioral health facility Willowbrooke at Tanner in Villa Rica.
Construction of a fifth hospital, called Tanner/Randolph County, is expected to begin in May 2016. A referendum passed in August 2015 by Randolph County, Ala., residents is enabling Tanner to build this new hospital in Wedowee, Ala., beside Tanner/East Alabama that will replace the existing Wedowee Hospital. Local leaders won approval in late January 2016 to transfer the Certificate of Need (CON) from the current Wedowee Hospital to Randolph County’s new hospital once the facility is built.
Other Tanner services include the Roy Richards, Sr. Cancer Center, Tanner Heart and Vascular Center, Tanner Breast Health, Tanner Occupational Health, Tanner Urgent Care, Tanner Center for Sleep Disorders, Tanner Pain Management Center, and more.
Tanner also operates Tanner Medical Group, one of metro Atlanta’s largest physician group practices as rated by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Tanner Medical Group is comprised of more than 25 medical practices located in Carroll, Douglas, Haralson, Heard and Paulding counties in Georgia and Randolph County in Alabama.
Tanner Medical Group physicians offer a wide range of medical specialties, including interventional and non-interventional cardiology, family medicine, gastroenterology, general surgery, infectious diseases, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, pulmonary and critical care medicine, surgical breast care and vascular surgery.
Tanner Health System is governed by the Tanner Medical Center, Inc. Board of Directors, chaired by Daniel Jackson. The president and CEO of Tanner Health System is Loy M. Howard.
To learn more about the history of Tanner, watch the video below and visit the History page.