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Smyrna hospital to close this fall

Smyrna hospital to close this fall

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.

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LATEST EDUCATION NEWS

Best in Class for Aug. 1

Teva Ilan, a recent graduate of Howard High School in Macon, attended the 2014 National Youth Science Camp. He was among 100 other high school graduates attending the four-week program, where they attended lectures by scientists and professors from across the U.S. This year, the topics ranged from cancer research, genomic medicine and radio astronomy to energy sustainability.

LATEST METRO ATLANTA NEWS

Druid Hills considers becoming part of Atlanta

Residents in the Druid Hills neighborhood, one of the oldest and wealthiest communities in the Atlanta area, will soon consider a key question about their future: Should they stay or go?

In coming months, residents will decide whether to remain part of unincorporated DeKalb County or join the city of Atlanta.

The Druid Hills area, which includes Emory University and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, has the potential to change Atlanta’s tax base, educational system, racial makeup and political landscape if it’s annexed.

ATLANTA NOW: BREAKING NEWS

Police ID man shot to death at Brookhaven apartment complex

Updated 7:48 p.m. — 

Brookhaven police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man at an apartment complex off North Cliff Valley Way.

Justin Acevedo was shot around noon Thursday at the Parktown Apartments, according to a news release from the Brookhaven Police Department.

When police arrived at the scene, Acevedo was found shot in the chest.


NEWS TO ME: GEORGE MATHIS

Survey: Pontiac owners have most car sex

The Pontiac brand of automobiles may be dead, but there’s a good chance you know someone whose life began in one.

A new survey conducted by online retailer CouponCodesPro.com, which probably uses the same methodology as Gallup, says more people have had sex in a Pontiac than any other make of car.

The company, which sells adult toys and lingerie and seems to be very nosy, asked its customers questions about their sex lives.

AJC READERS SOUND OFF

The Vent

Siily you… Atlanta isn’t going to maintain anything let alone clean it and the wiring has probably been stolen so the lights don’t work…

Doesn’t matter which party you belong to… the lack of qualified candidates make this year one of those where you wish there was a “none of the above” box on the ballot.

TheTen Commandments are only offensive to an offender of the law.


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