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A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
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Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
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A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
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Law enforcement agencies in Albany and Dougherty County are teaming up and strategically hitting the streets to make sure you stay safe this summer.More >>
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Workers at the Marine Corps Logistics Base will be returning to work Friday. Many of the Marine base workers were sent home Thursday following a rupture to the bases main water line. One of the waterMore >>
Workers at the Marine Corps Logistics Base will be returning to work Friday. Many of the Marine base workers were sent home Thursday following a rupture to the bases main water line.More >>
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's buyout of Palmyra Medical Center is now officially on hold.
Thursday, Judge Louis Sands granted the Federal Trade Commission's request for the temporary restraining order.
That means the deal can't move forward at least until a federal court hearing next month. The FTC is fighting the $195 million deal, saying it was put together to try to get around federal anti-trust laws and will illegally eliminate health care competition.
The order gives both sides until mid-May to file their arguments with the judge. A hearing will likely be set for the end of May to determine if the deal can move forward or if the judge will keep the deal on hold through and FTC hearing in September.
The FTC's request to stop the deal was temporarily granted by a federal court judge who issued two motions, one that remains sealed. The community seems pleased the deal will get more review.
"We should be able to have a voice," said Barbara Horry.
"There's a lot of stuff that's going on that needs to be looked into a little more," said Carl Davis.
The FTC contends the deal was arranged by Phoebe through the Hospital Authority to avoid federal anti-trust scrutiny. Today Phoebe officials wouldn't comment, but Wednesday Phoebe CEO Joel Wernick explained they've provided the FTC paperwork.
"The Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County and Phoebe Putney have cooperated 110 percent with every request made of it by the Federal Trade Commission."
It's the Hospital Authority the FTC is questioning. They're a eight member board elected to five year terms by the Dougherty County Commission, created out of Georgia's Hospital Authority act. They give Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital the authority to lease the building and one of the conditions of the lease is to grow the hospital.
The FTC claims the Authority never reviewed Phoebe's offer to HCA until all other parties had approved it including the Phoebe board. That's why some community members are glad the FTC is calling for more review.
"I'm sure there's a lot of dirty stuff going on that we don't really know what's going on," said Tynesa Marshall.
The FTC claims the Hospital Authority has not actively supervised Phoebe in any way or its prices. Today board members denied our request for interviews because of the legal action.
So, where does all of this leaves Palmyra Medical Center employees? Thursday hospital officials said Palmyra will continue business as usual, providing quality care for its patients.
Phoebe Putney attorney's will have until May fourth to respond to the temporary restraining order and the FTC will be given a week beyond that for their response.
Here are the members of the Dougherty County Hospital Authority