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Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
August 25, 2005 Albany-- Phoebe Putney Hospital announces it won't raise medical rates this year, because the money made last year will help expand the hospital and improve health care.
It's a year in which the hospital has spent months fighting several lawsuits claiming it overcharged uninsured patients. Thursday, hospital officials approved a 2006 budget that includes millions of dollars to cover the cost of treating the poorest of its patients.
South Georgia's largest and busiest hospital, Phoebe Putney, treats thousands of patients each year. Hospital leaders say no one will be turned away, even if they can't pay.
Phoebe expects to charge more than $883 million to patients next year, but more than half of those charges won't ever get paid.
CEO Joel Wernick said, "Phoebe Putney does not about collect about 55 cents out of every dollar, that's the simple way to understand that. Everybody is charged the same amount, but not everybody pays the same amounts because of examples like Medicare and Medicade programs."
Hospitals continue to face reimbursement cutbacks, and Phoebe expects to get about $10 million less in Medicare reimbursements in the coming year. But Wernick says the high volume of patients will offset the need to raise prices to cover expenses. "Phoebe Putney experienced another record year in volume, in general patient care, out-patient activities and in our operating room."
The hospital also plans to use $45 million to upgrade technologies needed to diagnosis and treat illnesses, to renovate and add patient rooms, and to build more community health care centers.
"We're constantly reinvesting, and we think that's part of our success. It's very good health care, very high-tech. And it's ready and available right here close to home," Wernick said.
Phoebe vows to spend about $48 million for indigent and charity health care and hundreds of thousands of dollars on community programs in the upcoming year.
Wernick said today the not-for-profit hospital has about $200 million in reserve and surplus, but he says that money helps the hospital keep good credit.
This year, hospital executives have been criticized for taking lavish business trips and keeping money in off shore accounts.