The debt-laden Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe, GA has finally been ordered to be shut down by Judge Paul Bonapfel. His ruling came yesterday after the continued troubles of the hospital to make ends meet. Chattanooga NBC affiliate WRCB talks about a report filed by court-appointed ombudsman Susan Goodman who looked into the skeleton crew operations at Hutcheson:
The report cites two abrupt layoffs since the end of August, resulting in the loss of 75 jobs and closures of the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU), operating and outpatient services, lung clinic and Chickamauga Family Practice.
Goodman’s report points out the hospital’s “inability to immediately pay” the workers it laid off, and notes the fact that no jobs at the senior leadership level were impacted.
According to The Chattanoogan, the closure of Hutcheson Medical Center will not affect the sale of its adjacent nursing home. The assets of the hospital will be sold on December 3rd with a hearing following the sale on December 14th.