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Another Georgia hospital will shut its doors this fall — the fifth to do so in the past two years — as declining numbers of patients, lower reimbursements and a myriad of other challenges threaten hospitals’ bottom lines.
Smyrna-based Emory-Adventist Hospital will close by Oct. 31, hospital leadership announced on Wednesday. It will be the first hospital to close in metro Atlanta since 2009, according to the Georgia Hospital Association. Four hospitals in rural Georgia have also closed in the last couple of years.
The closure is being spurred in part by falling patient volumes as large health systems buy up physician practices, said Pete Weber, board chairman of Emory-Adventist.