Emory Healthcare, a university-based health care system affiliated with Emory University and Emory University School of Medicine, has announced plans to renovate and reopen Emory Adventist Hospital, which closed its doors on October 31, 2014, according to multiple media reports.
Emory Healthcare and Adventist Health System jointly owned Emory Adventist Hospital, located in Smyrna, Georgia, before its closure. The hospital had 88 acute-care beds and was staffed by more than 175 physicians.
Pete Weber, board chair of the not-for-profit hospital, said in 2014 that despite a series of cost-cutting measures, the patient volume was too low to sustain operations. “Ultimately…the new market conditions in health care have made it impossible for [Emory-Adventist] to continue operation,” he said.
Emory Healthcare has maintained a Certificate of Need since buying the facility in 2015, and will invest nearly $34 million into renovations before reopening the hospital.
A timeline for renovating and reopening has not yet been made available.
Adventist Health System, headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida, employs nearly 77,000 health care professionals, maintains 45 hospital campuses and nearly 8,200 licensed beds in 10 states, and serves more than 4.7 million patients annually. AHS has seen rapid growth recently, particularly in Florida, as well as an expansion of its regional marketing efforts.
Emory Healthcare is the largest health system in Georgia and includes The Emory Clinic, Emory-Children’s Center, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Wesley Woods Center, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and the former Emory-Adventist Hospital facility.
Jared Wright is managing editor of SpectrumMagazine.org.
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