(WDEF) Officials with Hutcheson Medical Center’s Board of Directors announced they initiated the process to modify the management relationship with Erlanger Health System. The terms of an agreement are in negotiation, but it is the intent of the Board that Erlanger will no longer manage Hutcheson.
“The management agreement has not met the expectations of Hutcheson’s Board of Directors or the leaders of Walker, Dade and Catoosa Counties,” said Corky Jewell, chairman of Hutcheson Medical Center’s Board of Directors. “A continuation of the agreement would not add value to the hospital.”
The two hospitals entered into a management agreement in April 2011 and recently ended negotiations during which both parties were unable to agree to terms for Erlanger to lease the North Georgia facility. According to Hutcheson’s Board of Directors, Erlanger’s offer was not in the best interest of the hospital or the citizens of the counties it serves.
“Officials from all three counties are committed to financially supporting Hutcheson while the hospital seeks a different partner,” said Chad Young, attorney for Catoosa County.
Hutcheson is expediting its Request for Proposal (RFP) process and intends to meet with interested parties in the next two weeks.