Serving You

GHA has several initiatives as part of our objective to serve as the leading advocate for all Georgia hospitals and health care systems. Our government relations efforts give hospitals a legislative voice at the state and national level. Each of our initiatives, from the Center for Rural Health to the Emergency Preparedness program to the Partnership for Health and Accountability, ensures that our hospitals have all the resources they need to thrive in their communities. 

Virtual Center for Rural Health Annual Meeting Aug. 19-21

COVID-19 has caused many disruptions. Thus is the case with the popular Center for Rural Health Annual Meeting originally scheduled to be held at St. Simons Island. But the pandemic can not stop us and the meeting will go on-virtually that is. Mark your calendars for Aug. 19-21 as the first ever Center for Rural Health Virtual Meeting will be held. Great education, networking and other surprises are planned. Click here to register. The registration fee is $100.

Georgia Hospital Closure List

With declining reimbursement rates and the continual efforts to do more with less, several hospitals have had to shut down, leaving many communities without access to a hospital in close proximity. In addition, many hospitals have had to eliminate vital services. Since 2013, there have been 12 hospital closures (listed below). However, the Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program has greatly benefited other rural hospitals in helping them keep their doors open to continue to provide vital services to their communities.

Calhoun Memorial Hospital (2013)

Stewart-Webster Hospital (2013)

Charlton Memorial Hospital (2013)

Lower Oconee Community Hospital (2014)

Emory-Adventist Hospital (2014)

North Georgia Medical Center (2016)

Lake Bridge Behavioral Health (2017)

Select Specialty Hospital - Northeast Atlanta (2017)

Chestatee Regional Hospital (2018)

Southern Crescent Hospital for Specialty Care (2019)

Kindred Hospital Rome (2020)

Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center (October 2020)

Other Georgia hospitals that have closed before 2013:

West Paces Medical Center (1999)

Charter Augusta, Charter Winds, and Charter Lake Behavioral (2000)

Dooly Medical Center (2001)

Hancock Memorial Hospital (2001)

Emory Parkway Medical Center (2002)

Northlake Medical Center (2006)

Telfair Regional Hospital (2008)

Southwest Atlanta Hospital, formerly Legacy Medical Center (2009)

Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital (2011)