AUGUSTA, Ga. – Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation & Specialty Hospitals, a new 501(c)3 corporation, has been created and will be affiliated with Georgia Regents Health System to continue rehabilitation and acute care services in Warm Springs, Ga. The new entity will become operational July 1, pending approval from Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Legislature, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, and the Board of Directors of GRHealth.
GRHealth assumed management of the rehabilitation and acute-care services at Roosevelt Warm Springs in June 2013, in conjunction with Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.
“We are honored by this vote of confidence from Gov. Deal and members of the Georgia legislature,” said David Mork, who will serve as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation & Specialty Hospitals. “We are embarking on a journey to transform one of Georgia’s health care assets into a self-supporting and profitable enterprise.”
“Patients and families chose Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation & Specialty Hospitals because of the level of care provided by the clinical and administrative staff, a team that truly embodies the ‘Spirit of Warm Springs’,” said David S. Hefner, Chief Executive Officer of Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation & Specialty Hospitals and Executive Vice President of GRHealth. “We knew we must capitalize on the passion and expertise of the staff if we wanted to be successful in improving and expanding the delivery of care in this area of our state.”
The hospitals’ staff, or approximately 182 full- and part-time employees, will maintain their current positions in Warm Springs, Ga., but will become employees of the new non-profit corporation.
All employees will be paid for accrued annual leave prior to the transition and new benefits will become effective on the individual’s first day of employment with Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation & Specialty Hospitals.
“As a leader in offering the most comprehensive care in the region, we will combine the most up to date knowledge and training with a tradition of compassion, one that has expanded over 80 years,” said Dr. Ricardo Azziz, CEO of GRHealth.
“Georgia Regents Health System has the unique knowledge and experience needed to preserve one of our state’s oldest and most revered assets,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “This move will assure that Georgians continue to receive compassionate and high-quality health care services.”