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.