MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Central Georgia Health System is teaming up with the Putnam General Hospital to provide more resources to the lake country.
According to a news release from MCCG, the strategic partnership will allow the two hospitals to create and expand healthcare services for Putnam County and the surrounding region.
“The management arrangement will allow the Medical Center of Central Georgia, with the strength and leadership of Putnam General's CEO Alan Horton, to bring resources directly to the community, develop new opportunities, and retain Putnam's talented physicians while recruiting new talent as necessary. All of this is in an effort to keep healthcare local,” Dr. Ninfa Saunders, the president and CEO of CGHS and MCCG said in a statement.
Horton said the Putnam County hospital has been looking to partner with a larger health system for some time.
According to hospital officials, alliances among healthcare providers have become a necessary and positive trend due to the recent changes in the healthcare industry.
In an interview with Saunders, she adds the next step will be "for us to now begin to do what we call combined strategic thinking. We need to evaluate what are the needs of the community, in Putnam...begin to figure out what services might be needed, and begin to send resources from the Medical Center to Putnam."
Putnam General Hospital has been serving the lake country community for almost 50 years.