A rural Georgia hospital that was about to close for lack of funds will stay open after all.
The company that owned Jenkins Medical Center in Millen, Ga. had announced in April that it would shut the aging facility down. Instead, with days to go before the June 24 shutdown, Optim Health System of Savannah announced it sold the hospital to another company that intends to run it.
But the new owner doesn’t intend to just run the hospital. Records show the company that bought the hospital, GA Medical Holdings, Corp., is headed by a Florida lawyer who runs a medical testing company in that state, Aaron Durall.
If GA Medical Holdings wants to expand its medical testing business in Georgia, it will be able to charge more if the test results are attached to a hospital license, said Jeff Brantley, city administrator of Millen and a member of the local hospital authority.