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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

October 27, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Thirty South Georgians are losing their jobs because Greenleaf centers in three towns are closing.

Greenleaf offers behavioral health services. The Hospital Authority of Lowndes County is closing Greenleaf centers in Albany, Tifton and Douglas.

They say Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements are no longer enough to offset their costs.

For three years they've absorbed those costs but with the poor economy, they must now shut the doors.  Each center has ten employees.

"We are working with those employees and we are going to make every effort to help them find an alternative position either at some of the state clinics or the physician offices that offer these services. And if there are nurses in these clinics, we have a need for nurses. We'll be glad to find them a job right here at SGMC or Greenleaf," says SGMC CEO James McGahee.

The doors will close mid-December. The offices in Valdosta will remain open.

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