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New hospital planned in North Georgia as one reopens temporarily to protect state certificate

A new hospital is to be built and open in 2022 in Lumpkin County to serve an area just beyond the northern edge of the territory to be served by the soon-to-be consolidated Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health Systems. During construction of the new facility, a closed hospital in Dahlonega is to reopen to protect a state certificate of approval of the type that some lawmakers say is outdated and should be eliminated.

State Sens. Renee Unterman (at podium) and Nan Orrock (fourth from left), a Republican and a Democrat, who have both filed ERA legislation, spoke about their efforts at a state Capitol press conference on Wednesday. Credit: Maggie Lee

ERA, now?

The idea of ratifying ERA is getting some serious bipartisan support in the Georgia Legislature — about 36 years after the deadline to change the Constitution to guarantee equal rights for people regardless of sex.

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Posting CEO pay of non-profit hospitals part of proposed reform of health system

Five CEOs are paid a total of more than $9 million a year to run non-profit hospitals in metro Atlanta, according to the hospitals’ latest available tax returns. These salaries, and other hospital financials, are to be made more readily available to the public as the part of a proposed effort by the state House to “revolutionize” health care delivery.