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Heiskell sheds light on Hutcheson’s breakup with Erlanger

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Erlanger Health System ran through $11 million of the $20 million line of credit provided when it took over management of Hutcheson Medical Center, and Erlanger didn't supply the Fort Oglethorpe hospital with the number of doctors it promised.

Those are some reasons Hutcheson is ending the management agreement it entered with Erlanger in April 2011, Walker County Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell said in an interview Wednesday on UCTV-3, a Fort Oglethorpe cable TV station carried on Comcast and Charter Communications.

"[Erlanger] put that line of credit for $20 million out there, and then they walked in with their own person that they had put in the place," Heiskell said via telephone to "Morning Show" hosts Judy O'Neal and Mike O'Neal. "And they … just went through $11 million of that $20 million in one year without making any changes."

Heiskell said, "They were going to come in and manage it, and they didn't do anything."

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