Hutcheson Leaders Work to Save the Medical Center

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – Just three weeks after a U.S. bankruptcy court judge made his decision to permanently close the doors to Hutcheson Medical Center, employees are now facing unemployment, but Hutcheson isn’t giving up without a fight.

Walker County attorney, Stuart James, filed a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court this morning, in a last attempt to save Hutcheson Medical Center from shutting down.

James argues the hospital already has two potential buyers, one from Prime Healthcare Services a California company and another from Apollo Healthcare, an Atlanta company, that already managers Hutcheson’s emergency room, "If one of the two bids is accepted, we would hope that the purchase of the hospital would go through… and we hope that hospital would remain open."

In his motion, James claims the hospital will have enough money to stay open on its own until at least the end of December, but the Bankruptcy Trustee might alright have plans to make the hospital stop accepting patients Friday, then completely shut down December 4.

"Hopefully we’ll prevail. We’ll let the judge consider the facts," said James, "and hopefully we’ll come out and Hutcheson will stay open at least through the 21st of December."

James will have a chance to plead his case before the bankruptcy court judge Tuesday in a hearing scheduled for 10 a.m.

Categories: Health, Local News, Walker County

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