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How Morehouse, Fulton County, and Grady Are Taking Action After AMC Closures

In case you missed it, there have been a few major developments connected to Wellstar’s decision to close two Atlanta Medical Center facilities in predominantly Black areas. It’s been just over a month since two Black former board members spoke to Capital B Atlanta about Wellstar Healthcare System’s “defeatist” attitude leading to the closures of […]

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Former AMC Board Leaders Say Wellstar’s ‘Defeatist’ Attitude Led to Hospital Closures

Lisa Medellin and Todd Greene saw it coming. The two local leaders served on Atlanta Medical Center’s regional health board and sounded alarms about the potentially devastating consequences that would come if Wellstar Health System closed or failed to revitalize hospitals in predominantly Black areas. Last month, local lawmakers filed a trio of federal complaints […]

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Civil Rights Complaint Alleges Wellstar Neglected Black Communities

A group of local lawmakers is alleging that Wellstar Health System discriminated against its Black patients when the nonprofit hospital system closed two hospitals in 2022.  On Wednesday, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution sponsored by Chairman Robb Pitts calling for the county attorney to file a complaint with the Department of […]

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Could Medicaid Expansion Have Saved AMC From Closing?

In a letter sent Tuesday to Georgia’s Democratic congressional delegation, Gov. Brian Kemp said that Medicaid expansion would not have stopped Wellstar’s decision to close Atlanta Medical Center. Kemp maintains Medicaid expansion instead may have been detrimental to AMC’s longevity.  “It would hurt both patients and providers because, as you know, healthcare providers actually lose […]

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Black Residents Worry Grady’s Not Ready to Handle Fallout from AMC Closure

Kevin Marshall remembers being rushed by ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center after a horrendous car accident in August.  The accident, which left his car totaled, was in North Druid Hills, and Marshall needed stitches on his legs. He thought it would have made the most sense to go to nearby DeKalb Medical Center, but the […]