Dickens demands answers from Wellstar

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens is demanding information regarding Wellstar Health System’s intention to close the Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.

Mayor Dickens sent a letter to Wellstar Health System President & CEO Candice Saunders today noting the City was blindsided by the announcement which will have deep consequences for the health and economy in Atlanta.

“This decision will have deep and reverberating consequences for the half a million residents of Atlanta and the hundreds of thousands of visitors and commuters to our city each day,” Mayor Dickens wrote in the letter. “The City of Atlanta received no advance notice of this decision and had no opportunity to engage with you to understand or help mitigate the factors leading to this closure. I require immediate information about your company’s plans, what you are doing to mitigate the enormous health and economic impacts the closure will have on our community, plans for the multi-building campus once operations cease, and how you will be supporting the impacted personnel.”

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