Another rural hospital in Georgia is closing its doors, the eighth since 2000. Officials at Lower Oconee Community Hospital in rural Wheeler County say they've laid off employees, though they may reform as an urgent care center. Democratic State Senator David Lucas of Macon has crafted Senate Bill 338, a bill he says would help replace these hospitals.
Lower Oconee Community Hospital in southeast Georgia has closed due to financial problems, becoming the state’s fourth rural hospital to do so in the past two years. The 25-bed “critical access” hospital in Glenwood, in Wheeler County, is looking to restructure, its CEO said in a statement.