Wiregrass Medical Center Public Forum Next Week

The Wiregrass Medical Center in Geneva has been running at a several million dollar deficit in the last six-years.

Next week, hospital administration will meet with local elected officials to try and come up with a funding solution.

At one time, the medical center was one of the county's large private employers with more than 300-workers. A number of those jobs have been consolidated or eliminated as part of a plan to cut costs.

County Commission Chairman Fred Hamic says keeping the doors open are essential. Many of its patients are indigent and have few treatment options.

"It's very important to Genera County. The taxpayers here have put in more than $38-million dollars since the early 50's. We really can't afford it to be foreclosed on," said Hamic.

The public is invited to attend the meeting on the Wiregrass Medical Center's future. It’ll be held next Monday, at 5:30 p.m. in the Geneva County Courthouse.

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