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West Georgia Health System to Merge with WellStar

West Georgia Health System has announced that it will merge with WellStar Health System.

The West Georgia Health’s Board of Trustees offered a formal announcement on Sunday after a year of negotiations. The LaGrange-Troup County Hospital Authority contributed to the negotiations process by offering a Strategic Planning Committee.

While the negotiations will carry on for several months, formal merging actions will begin with the the LaGrange-based flagship. West Georgia Medical Center has the full center along with Enoch Callaway Cancer Clinic, a Women’s Center, and a Hospice facility. Home Care, rehabilitation, and outpatient services are also available at the location.

“As not-for-profits, WellStar and West Georgia Health have similar missions and commitments to our communities,” said Reynold Jennings, CEO of WellStar Health System, in a statement. “WellStar was formed 20 years ago when five hospitals came together to create a new health system. By bringing West Georgia Health into the regional system, we are continuing our commitment to deliver world-class healthcare to the communities we serve.

WellStar out of Marietta has acquired five hospitals in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, and Paulding Counties. They also have plans to merge with Emory.

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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