WELLSTAR’S CONTINUED ATTEMPTS TO BLOCK CHEROKEE REPLACEMENT HOSPITAL DEFEATED

(ATLANTA, GA) – – Once again, Wellstar Health System’s attempts to stop Northside Hospital-Cherokee’s plans to build a replacement hospital in Canton, Ga. have failed. On Friday, November 18th, 2011, Wellstar filed an appeal challenging the State’s initial decision in October of last year to approve the relocation project. And this week, Wellstar’s continued attempts to block the project were rejected once again by a State appointed, independent hearing officer. In his ruling, the hearing officer stated: “Wellstar’s appeal lacks any legitimate basis.” “I am pleased that the hearing officer swiftly and decisively rejected Wellstar’s continued
opposition,” said Buzz Ahrens, Chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners. “The residents of Cherokee County deserve a new, state-of-the art hospital and I would hope that Wellstar’s baseless opposition efforts will now cease.”

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