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Phoebe criticizes Palmyra Medical for filing legal appeal

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Phoebe Putney Hospital administrators say Palmyra Medical Center's appeal in an anti-trust lawsuit is frivolous and will hurt patients and taxpayers in South Georgia.

Phoebe C-E-O Joel Wernick challenged Palmyra to pay the legal costs of fighting the lawsuit which he says is already in excess of a half million dollars.

Federal Judge Louis Sands dismissed Palmyra's suit that accuses Phoebe of using monopolies of services to keep patients and insurers away from Palmyra.

Palmyra announced Thursday it is appealing that decision.

Wernick said "Frankly we are disappointed to see the patients and the citizens of this region have to continue to fund this frivilous suit."

Phoebe officials deny they have a monopoly on health care.

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