The Chairman knows how to eat crow like a lady

I like to give credit where it’s due.  And a H/T should be given to Chairman Sharon Cooper who has told the AJC that closing rural hospitals would be “unthinkable”, and to do so, would have serious consequences on the affected community, hurting it economically and limiting access to acute care for Georgians.” 

Damn straight it would, and props for the good lady from Marietta for recognizing that. 

She had to eat a bit of crow from her previous statements this week, about which I posted/got on my soapbox.  I would be willing to bet her office got a few emails about that statement from folks OTP.

Moreover, she recognizes that these rural hospitals need to have their own fiscal houses in order to survive and to fully give back to the communities they serve. “If we don’t act to make real, substantive changes, we very well could be faced with the hard reality of hospital closures in rural parts of this state, no matter how many short gap measures we take, leaving many communities without the economic engine and access to care people depend on,” she said.

I could not agree more. Brava, Chairman, brava.

So now the pendulum swings back to community hospitals…

Remember that to whom much is given, much is expected.

5 comments

  1. SmyrnaModerate says:

    Umm, the “unthinkable” already happened, Charlton Memorial Hospital, Stewart-Webster Hospital and Calhoun Memorial Hospital all closed in 2013.

  2. Rep Cooper has never been generous when it comes to issues of health care for rural Georgians. I hope more people in our state are now aware of the bad decisions made in ATL by metro legislators who have no real knowledge or understanding of rural living or the economics of small communities in our state. She could start with changing her mind on Medicaid Expansion and convincing the governor to do likewise.

  3. Jack Bauer says:

    Regionalism is a key factor. Being from Marietta, Rep Cooper lives in Metro Atlanta….which has several, well equipped hospitals that are in relatively close proximity to one another.

    That’s not necessarily the case in other parts of Georgia. For example, Southeast Georgia is serviced by two major hospitals in Savannah. Furthermore, one of the two hospitals houses both the region’s only Level 1 trauma center and the region’s only children hospital. Needless to say, the occupancy rate for both major hospitals stays pretty high. Should more of southeast Georgia’s community hospitals be forced to shut down, then that would increase the burden on an already strained health care infrastructure.

    In lieu of her backpedaling, I trust that Rep. Cooper has been reminded of this.

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