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Memorial buyer HCA purchases Waycross hospital

On Monday, Satilla Regional Medical Center in Waycross became the latest hospital to join for-profit healthcare giant Hospital Corporation of America, integrating into the company’s South Atlantic Division and adopting a new name - Memorial Satilla Health.

The change came after the hospital’s leadership and board of directors conducted an extensive search for a partner to ensure continued delivery of care in Waycross.

“HCA is that partner – a healthcare leader that understands and is committed to high-quality, community-based hospitals,” said new board chairman Owen Herrin.

“All across the country, they empower local caregivers and give back to the communities they operate in. That is our commitment to our neighbors across South Georgia and we are excited to have found a partner with the same culture.”

HCA’s South Atlantic Division of HCA is based in Charleston, S.C., and operates 12 hospitals in South Carolina, Georgia and Jacksonville, Fla.

“For more than 60 years, this Waycross team has been delivering high quality care and extraordinary service to this community,” said South Atlantic Division President Hugh Tappan. “We are delighted to welcome them into the HCA family and are committed to ensuring that they have the tools, resources and collaboration needed to ensure that continues for the next 60 years and beyond.”

Interim CEO Roger Forgey, who guided the hospital through the transition, said he is confident in the level of care residents will receive under HCA.

“Our physicians and staff put this community first,” he said. “In a time where we routinely read about hospitals like ours closing, we have found a partner that understands and invests in the hometown hospital.

“For our team and our community, I am deeply pleased to know that care will continue to be delivered here in Waycross.”

Going forward, the health system will operate under the name Memorial Satilla Health.

“Honoring the first two names – Memorial and Satilla – that the hospital operated under seemed the most fitting tribute to the legacy of caring that this team has represented for the past 61 years,” said Tappan.

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Memorial Satilla Health is a mission-driven, community-based health system with a 231-bed full-service hospital. Its tradition of care began more than 60 years ago and continues today with more than 1,350 employees, physicians and volunteers. The hospital serves as regional referral center for more than 185,000 residents across nine counties in Southeast Georgia. Key services include an ER that treats more than 45,000 emergencies each year as well as hert, cancer, surgery, rehabilitation, sleep and birthing centers with specialists trained specifically for these needs.It also features an extensive mental health program for children, adults and those suffering with memory loss.


HCA South Atlantic Division is headquartered in Charleston, S.C., and operates 12 hospitals in eight communities across South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. In addition to its 10 hospital-based ERs, the division has more than 2,500 physicians on its medical staffs, operates six community-based free-standing ERs, trains physicians through four residency program sites and hosts several elite trauma programs that treat the most severe illness and injury. Last year, the division served 1.4 million patients, treated more than 730,000 emergencies, delivered nearly 12,000 babies, performed 84,358 surgeries and provided nearly $194 million in care for the uninsured or underinsured.