By Andy Miller, as published Thursday, July 23rd in the Atlanta Journal Constitution
One of Atlanta’s biggest health systems is aiming to expand its reach across the metro area by buying up five hospitals — a move that could set off an intense battle for patients in the northern suburbs.
Marietta-based WellStar Health System said Thursday it is beginning negotiations with Tenet Healthcare to buy its metro hospitals, including Atlanta Medical Center in downtown and Roswell’s North Fulton Hospital. The latter is considered the biggest prize among the group because of its location in the affluent northern Atlanta suburbs.
This story was done in collaboration with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Andy Miller is CEO and editor of Georgia Health News.
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BY THE NUMBERS
WellStar Health System
$2.3 billion Revenue in fiscal 2014
14,000 Number of employees
850 Providers in WellStar Medical Group
160 Medical office locations
16 Imaging centers
8 Urgent care centers
5 Number of hospitals (WellStar Kennestone Hospital, WellStar Cobb Hospital, WellStar Doulas Hospital, WellStar Paulding Hospital, WellStar Windy Hill Hospital)
2 Health parks (WellStar East Cobb Health Park and WellStar Acworth Health Park)