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UPDATE: Hutcheson Medical Center to shut down Dec. 4

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WALKER COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

UPDATE: Our partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press report, Hutcheson will close its doors December 4.

The paper reports the information came from employees of the hospital, who were informed of the news during a town hall meeting Thursday morning.

Channel 3 has not confirmed the information independently.

We have attempted multiple times to reach hospital officials for comment. So far our calls have not been returned.

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The main campus of Hutcheson Medical Center will close its doors in fewer than 30 days, but the future of the hospital's other facilities are still in limbo.

In October, Hutcheson abruptly closed several of its clinics without notice as part of a cost-cutting measure. The Chickamauga Family Practice was one of the clinics that suddenly closed its doors, leaving some 800 patients scrambling to find new care.

Now, Walker County officials are trying to work out a deal to re-open it.

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"We've been approached to take a look at it, to see if whether or not we could bring some financing to the table," said Larry Brooks, Executive Director of Walker Co. Development Authority.

Brooks said the county is interested in buying the building that housed the clinic, the only one of its kind in the area.

"With there being such a high number of folks that were depending upon the clinic, we do want to make sure that these individuals are taken care of," Brooks said.

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Court documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court show that the hospital wants to sell the Chickamauga clinic for $350,000 in a private sale to the Walker County Development Authority, which would then lease out the facility.

CHI Memorial Hospital's Director of Marketing and Communications, Lisa McCluskey, told Channel 3: "We are in discussion with Walker County regarding their healthcare services."

The future of Hutcheson's Parkside nursing home, a 179-bed facility, is also up in the air.

On Friday, the New York-based company, Maybrook Healthcare LLC submitted a bid to purchase the nursing home for $7.2 million.

While the nursing home will be sold at a future public auction, what happens with the Chickamauga Family Practice clinic is now up to a judge.

"We certainly don't want any of these citizens to be in a lurch," said Brooks. "We would like to be able to help out if we can."

County officials expect to find out whether or not they can go forward with the purchase of the clinic at another court hearing scheduled for November 18.

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