Washington County Regional Medical Center signs new management agreement

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SANDERSVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – An Augusta hospital will manage the Washington County Regional Medical Center at the start of the new year.

The Hospital Authority of Washington County signed an agreement with the University Health Care System Monday to manage the Sandersville hospital. WCRMC’s CEO Jimmy Childre Jr. tells 41NBC the agreement starts on January 1, 2015 and lasts for a term of five years.

Childre says the county will still own the facility and the hospital authority will continue running it. The University Health Care System will offer management expertise. He adds this agreement will allow the hospital to offer more services to the community.

“Looking at the resources they have, both technology resources, clinical resources, purchasing resources, and how to add services that a small hospital can’t afford to add because there’s not enough demand,” Childre said.

Childre says the hospital is one of the largest employers in Washington County. There are more than 300 employees and there won’t be any layoffs with this new agreement. He adds the hospital has a $60 million economic impact on the community every year.

Childre hopes to have a longterm arrangement with University Health Care System. In a statement he said, “Our employees, medical staff, county commissioners and other key community stakeholders are very supportive and looking forward to this relationship.”