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Community Hospital Consulting Announces New Relationship with Wills Memorial Hospital

Plano, Texas – (March 25, 2015) – Community Hospital Consulting (CHC Consulting), the consulting division of Community Hospital Corporation (CHC), announces a new strategic support relationship with Wills Memorial Hospital (WMH) of Washington, Ga. The agreement for support services – its next step in its strategic course – was signed by the WMH Board during its meeting on March 25.


“During the past several months, we have been very impressed with the commitment of the Wills Memorial Board and leadership to provide excellent healthcare to this community, and we share the compassion for keeping quality healthcare services available right here,” said Mike Williams, CHC president and CEO.


Earlier this year, the Hospital Authority of Wilkes County engaged CHC Consulting to conduct an operational assessment to better understand the hospital’s areas of focus, challenge and opportunity. CHC Consulting completed the operational assessment and presented findings of the 120-page report, as well as a detailed action plan, to the WMH Board in February. CHC Consulting will help to implement improvements identified in the action plan.


Also during today’s meeting, the WMH Board approved a Letter of Interest for CHC to lease the hospital. A 120-day due diligence process now begins to determine if a lease arrangement is best for all parties.


“Enhancing our hospital will take concentrated effort and we are up for the challenge,” said Jane Echols, Wills Memorial Hospital CEO. “We are grateful to have access to the numerous resources and expertise that CHC has to offer. We have been most impressed with CHC’s commitment to guide and support community hospitals across the country.”


Lawrence Burton, WMH Board Chairman, added, "We pass a major milestone today with the signing of this agreement, the first step in our formal relationship with CHC. Our hospital and by extension our community are extremely fortunate to be associated with CHC, a first-class outfit and a recognized, national leader among hospital operators. We are fortunate to have them in our corner.” In Georgia alone, CHC provides management support for Monroe County Hospital in Forsyth, and Burke Medical Center in Waynesboro. CHC has consulted with hospitals in 25 states.


About Community Hospital Corporation – HELP WHERE HOSPITALS NEED IT® 

Community Hospital Corporation owns, manages and consults with hospitals through three distinct organizations – CHC Hospitals, CHC Consulting and CHC ContinueCARE, which share a common purpose to guide, support and enhance the mission of community hospitals and healthcare providers. Based in Plano, Texas, CHC provides the resources and experience community hospitals need to improve quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and financial performance. For more information about CHC, please visit www.communityhospitalcorp.com.


About Wills Memorial Hospital

Wills Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Washington, Georgia. Governed by the Hospital Authority of Wilkes County, Wills Memorial provides complete medical care, swing bed and intermediate care for Wilkes, Lincoln, and Taliaferro County residents. The original facility opened in 1924 as Washington General Hospital and was dedicated and named in 1961 in memory of Dr. Charles E. Wills, Sr., a prominent area physician. In 2012, a new inpatient wing, pharmacy, respiratory therapy department, registration, emergency room reception, main entrance, specialty clinic, and physical therapy/occupational therapy facilities were completed. For more information, please visit www.willsmemorialhospital.com





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