Another rural hospital closes in Alabama

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GEORGIANA, Ala. (WIAT)– Another rural hospital is shutting its doors. Ivy Creek Healthcare in Georgiana has announced in a press release it will close at the end of next month.

The press release stated, in part, 

Ivy Creek of Butler will close Georgiana Medical Center in Georgiana, Alabama, effective March 31, 2019. The closure is part of a realignment of healthcare services driven by the current difficult financial environment faced by rural healthcare providers. In the realignment, Ivy Creek’s rural health clinics will continue in operation under the management of LV Stabler Hospital in Greenville and the two organizations will combine their home health agencies under the direction of Ivy Creek. 

“Small hospitals, in particular those in Alabama’s underserved, rural counties, are under tremendous financial pressure,” said (LV Stabler Interim CEO Connie Nicholas), “We’ve seen other hospitals across the state forced to close their doors. Together with Ivy Creek, we see this realignment as a means for maintaining healthcare options here at home and providing for the needs of our citizens who depend upon us.”

Ivy Creek will partner with another hospital in Butler County to manage its rural health clinics. According to the Alabama Hospital Association, this is the seventh rural hospital to close in Alabama since 2011.
 

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