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West Georgia Health officially becomes WellStar West Georgia Medical Center

West Georgia Health officially becomes WellStar West Georgia Medical Center

LAGRANGE, Ga. (April 1, 2016) – Beginning today, West Georgia Health officially becomes WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, committed to delivering on WellStar’s vision of world-class healthcare. West Georgia Medical Center will remain a not-for-profit that is committed to investing in the care of our community with new treatments and technology.

“We are writing history with the newly named WellStar West Georgia Medical Center,” said Jerry Fulks, president of WellStar West Georgia Medical Center. “We are fortunate to join a System of likeminded individuals who are actively working to improve the health and wellbeing of their patients and community. With WellStar, we are better positioned to care for our patients today and in the future.”

In addition to WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, WellStar is acquiring Tenet Healthcare’s five Georgia-based hospitals. With this growth, WellStar becomes the largest health system in Georgia and one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the country. The new 11 hospital system will expand upon its proven clinical care models and patient safety programs that have resulted in increased quality and improved access to healthcare to new communities.

“As WellStar continues on the journey to deliver world-class healthcare our physicians, nurses and team members put the patient and family first,” said Candice Saunders, president & CEO of WellStar Health System. “With an expanded footprint, we will leverage best practices to make a difference in the health of our communities by delivering the right care, at the right time in the right place.”

With approximately 20,000 team members, WellStar remains committed to its Employer of Choice strategy that has led to numerous accolades for work-life balance, including being named to Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the past three years.

“At WellStar, we are creating an atmosphere that fosters healing and wellness,” said Gary Miller, chair of WellStar Board of Trustees. “We are changing the way we care for our communities with cutting edge treatments and new initiatives that keep people healthy. Together, we are better positioned to provide world-class healthcare to our patients for years to come in LaGrange, Troup County and beyond.”

With ever-changing government regulations and reimbursement pressures, health systems across the country are looking for new efficiencies. To better serve its patients, WellStar chose to be proactive to secure the future of high-quality care in its communities. The geography of West Georgia Health and Tenet’s five Georgia hospitals complements WellStar’s current footprint. With a larger integrated system, WellStar will continue its strategic focus on the Triple Aim—higher quality, improved access and affordable healthcare.

About WellStar Health System

WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, more than 200 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 inpatient hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments. For more information, visit