Rural Georgia hospital closes after more than 70 years

CUTHBERT, Ga. (AP) — A rural community hospital hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic has closed after more than 70 years in southwestern Georgia. WALB-TV reports that residents and workers gathered in Cuthbert to say goodbye to Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center. It had operated in Randolph County since 1947 and closed on Thursday. Financial problems the hospital had were worsened by the pandemic. Mayor Steve Whatley says workers were affected by no fault of their own. Dr. A. S. Ghiathi, the director of emergency medicine at the hospital, says the loss of the facility is difficult to grasp.

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