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Palmyra Medical Center says families need a choice

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Palmyra Medical Center leaders say they are disappointed that Phoebe Putney Hospital will continue to fight the state's decision to allow Palmyra to start delivering babies.

Phoebe lost its second appeal to a ruling that will allow Palmyra to open a level one obstetrics unit, but Phoebe leaders vow to go to court to prevent that unit from opening.

Palmyra CEO Mark Radar says families in the Albany area need a choice.

"Actually I'm very surprised. The fact that we went through two separate appeals after we were granted the CON, it's surprising to me that they would want to delay the citizens of this community," said Mark Radar.

Palmyra officials pointed out that several Georgia cities like Atlanta and Columbus have multiple hospitals that all deliver babies with no problems.

Palmyra says they not only want to give people another option for delivery but more access points for mothers in need of pre-natal care.

Palmyra has been fighting for the right to deliver babies for more than 20 years.

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