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Len Dorminey, Heritage Financial Group President
The president and C.E.O. of Heritage Financial Group said the economy is improving. Thursday, Len Dorminey spoke at the Rotary Club Meeting at Doublegate Country Club about the financial market. HeMore >>
The president and C.E.O. of Heritage Financial Group said the economy is improving. Thursday, Len Dorminey spoke at the Rotary Club Meeting at Doublegate Country Club about the financial market.More >>
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Thursday night an Oklahoma tornado victim making her way to Florida stopped in Valdosta after she heard on the radio the American Red Cross was fundraising in the streets. Red Cross volunteers set upMore >>
Thursday night an Oklahoma tornado victim making her way to Florida stopped in Valdosta after she heard on the radio the American Red Cross was fundraising in the streets. More >>
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The City of Smithville laid off three of the city's four police officers. Only the chief remains on the job. All this is because of budget cuts. More >>
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Thursday's outlook calls for 13 to 20 named storms, 7 to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and 3 to 6 that become major hurricanes.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:23 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:23:50 GMT
Convenience store owners and managers express frustration after more smash and grab break ins overnight. Two Dougherty County convenience stores were burglarized within 20 minutes early Thursday morning,More >>
Investigators hope people in the community can help them identify two burglars believed to have broken into two Dougherty County stores.More >>
August 27, 2004
Tifton- It's business as usual at Tift Regional Medical Center, and hospitals officials say it will stay that way.
"We feel like these lawsuits are misguided and are unnecessarily expensive," says Tift Regional Medical Center Marketing Director Chris Efaw.
He also says the suits are taking the focus off of the real issue.
"There's 44 million Americans out there without health insurance and about 1.3 million Georgians alone, and this is rising. All these lawsuits do is divert attention away from that," says Efaw.
Not only do hospital officials say the case is without merit, but they say it's costing them money that they'd rather use on patient care.
In a statement released Thursday, Tift Regional CEO William Richardson says: "The irony is that these attorneys want to seize the very assets Tift Regional Medical Center has set aside to meet the growing medical needs of all citizens of our community, including the uninsured."
"Last year alone we spent over $15.1 million in charitable and indigent care, and about another $7.1 million in bad debt expense alone," says Efaw.
"I can't debate Tift Generals allegation that oh we do A, B, C and D for indigents. They may be right, but whatever the figure is you have to compare that to how much they have accumulated, and I think most people would agree that if the accumulation exceeds what's coming back to indigent care, then you got a problem," says Attorney Robert Beauchamp.
Beauchamp has also filed suit against hospitals in Columbus, Macon, Thomasville, Americus, Albany, and Valdosta.
"Tift General like other non-profit hospitals in the state of Georgia have gotten the benefit of being a non-profit organization for dozens of years and have accumulated great sums of money," Beauchamp says.
That's money that Beauchamp says should have gone to treating the indigent and uninsured.
The suit against the hospitals has been filed in superior court. It is similar but not related to the federal lawsuits against 400 other hospitals. Phoebe Putney is named in both suits.