HCHD Announces Hospital Closure

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY – The Houston County Hospital District has announced the closure of Timberlands Healthcare, effective at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 30.

The official announcement was e-mailed to members of the media at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

The announcement stated, “As you know, Timberlands Healthcare has decided to shut down operations today. Although the Houston County Hospital District board has done everything in its power to prevent today’s closure, it appears that the Hospital will be closing on June 30, 2017 at noon.”

“With that said,” the e-mail continued, “the Houston County Hospital District board is working tirelessly and around the clock to come up with a solution to keep healthcare in this community. Our goal and hope is that this closure is just temporary as the Board works to find a solution to either bring in another operator; or if necessary to take back some or all of the Hospital operations itself, provided that it can obtain the necessary financing to do so. The Board will provide updates as more information becomes available to it.”

The first notice of the closure became public knowledge on Thursday, June 22 when Little River Healthcare, the managing healthcare organization for the Crockett hospital, informed the employees of Timberlands Healthcare it would be ending its affiliation with the Crockett hospital.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.