Georgia hospital to supply heart surgery services to another facility

Emory Healthcare Inc. in Atlanta has taken steps to move outside its urban borders to expand business. The hospital will supply cardiothoracic medical personnel to Southern Regional Health System Inc. if that system wins the necessary certificate of need (CON) from the Georgia Department of Community Health to offer open heart surgery at its Riverdale, Ga., hospital, reports the Atlanta Business Journal.

In addition to providing cardiothoracic surgeons, mid-level practitioners (e.g., physicians' assistants or nurse practitioners), and perfusionists, Emory would train the Southern Regional nurses and technical personnel who will staff the program.

Southern Regional applied for the CON on Feb. 22. Last year, nearly 600 patients had to leave what is known as the Southern Crescent region to obtain necessary open heart surgery, points out Ron Dodson, chairman of the Southern Regional board of directors.

To find out more about the deal:
- read this Atlanta Business Chronicle article