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Abrams Blames Surprise Atlanta Hospital Closing on Governor Kemp

  • Abrams faults Kemp’s failure to expand Medicaid for shutdown
  • The hospital is one of only two Level 1 trauma centers in area
Stacey Abrams
Stacey AbramsPhotographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg

The surprise closing of a major hospital in downtown Atlanta has become a flash point in Georgia’s fierce governor’s race, with Democrat Stacey Abrams holding a press conference outside Atlanta Medical Center on Friday to lay the blame squarely on Republican Governor Brian Kemp and his failure to expand Medicaid.

Wellstar Health Systems announced late Wednesday that it will close Atlanta Medical Center on Nov. 1, after losing more than $100 million there last year. The 460-bed hospital, which is more than a century old, is one of two Level One trauma centers in metro Atlanta, and five in the state capable of handling the most serious kinds injury.