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Just days before it was set to be closed for good, Optim Medical Center-Jenkins has been sold.

The purchase by GA Medical Holdings, Corp. means operations at the Jenkins County hospital in Millen will go on without interruption, an answered prayer for both the staff and members of the community.

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Optim issued a press release on Monday and CEO of both the Jenkins and Screven facilities, Bob Sellers, said, “Throughout the difficult process of having to close our doors, conversations with potential buyers continued. Patient safety and quality care remained one of our highest priorities and we have worked closely with members of the county commission as we found a way to provide a future for the hospital.”

The hospital announced on April 25 that it would close its doors for good on June 24 due to increasing costs, decreased patient activity, falling Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements, and dire needs for infrastructure upgrades. Patients in the Millen area were going to be sent to Screven County.

Nurses and doctors gathered last month in front of the hospital for a group prayer asking for a miracle to save the hospital. [Read about that here]

Jenkins County Board of Commission Chairman Jerry Henry praised the save: “We appreciate Optim involving us in the process and tirelessly working to identify and find potential buyers that will allow for capital improvements and continuation of services.”

According to the formal press release, the deal is signed, sealed, and delivered:

Optim Health System and GA Medical Holdings, Corp. worked diligently to facilitate this transaction. The June 16 transfer of ownership allows the Jenkins County hospital to maintain uninterrupted daily operations and ensures a fluid transition for staff, employees, and patients. The hospital’s emergency department will remain open and available to the community.

Further, all Jenkins medical records will remain at the Jenkins facility. Patients who wish to obtain a copy of their medical records may contact the facility at 478-982-4221, Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, or go to the Jenkins facility located at 931 East Winthrope Avenue, Millen, GA 30442.

“We are committed to continuing to provide the highest quality care,” stated Earl Whiteley, Jenkins County Medical Center Interim Administrator / COO. “Serving the residents of Jenkins County and partnering with the community.”

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for GeorgiaPol.com and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’

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