ATLANTA – Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens says he plans to fulfill with WellStar Well being System to see if town can get the corporate to vary its thoughts about closing Atlanta Medical Center.
The healthcare firm on Wednesday announced it plans to shut the hospital’s doors November 1. The corporate stated it misplaced $107-million within the final 12 months.
“I’m very upset on this choice,” Mayor Dickens stated, including the hospital is vital for healthcare within the metropolis. “With WellStar taking their method, this might harm us tremendously and put a larger pressure on Emory, on Piedmont and naturally on Grady.”
The mayor stated he’s scheduled to fulfill with subsequent week. “It’s necessary proper now that everyone in healthcare come to the desk to give you options. That answer could also be one other supplier taking on that facility and offering care or getting WellStar what they are saying they should survive.”
Wellstar Atlanta Medical Middle Downtown in Atlanta (FOX 5).
CITY LEADERS ‘BLINDSIDED BY ATLANTA MEDICAL CENTER CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT
Mayor Dickens stated he has already made preliminary contact with WellStar. He says town desires to give you an answer earlier than the November 1 deadline.
Cedric Taylor is a affected person who lives within the previous fourth ward surrounding Atlanta Medical Middle the place will he go as soon as WellStar shuts the hospital’s doorways.
“That is the place my supplier is. In the event that they relocate, then I’ll have to seek out out the place they’re and I’ll have to seek out out the place they’re,” Taylor stated. “Individuals who stay within the space or individuals who have their major care right here. The place do they go now?”
Taylor stated the closure will depart an enormous void on this medical take care of his neighborhood. “Now they must make this main adjustment which places a hinderance of their healthcare.”