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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

South Georgia Medical Center is paying close attention to a meeting in Atlanta today of the newly formed committee to help rural hospitals.     

Governor Nathan Deal formed the Rural Stabilization Committee in March.  Monday the committee focused on ways to increase communication between rural hospitals and state leaders.     

The CEO of the Valdosta hospital, Randy Sauls, says that's important... but it's not the most important issue the committee needs to address.  

"The patients that they treat are often the underinsured and the uninsured patients. So, we've still got to address that payment structure."       

Many rural hospitals in South Georgia are struggling to stay open because of funding issues.

 

 

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