There’s been a hospital in Fort Oglethorpe for a long, long time; but for a period of time it looked like Northwest Georgia resident’s only choice for hospital services would be in Rome or Chattanooga.
The old Tri-County Hospital (originally sponsored by Walker, Catoosa and Dade Counties) was the successor to the military hospital that was at Fort Oglethorpe when it was an active military base. Hutcheson Medical Center was formed in the 1980’s but came under financial difficulties in the 2000’s. Now CHI Memorial has announced that they are building a new hospital in Fort Oglethorpe, a move State Senator Jeff Mullis says will create jobs.
“It creates jobs and career paths,” Mullis told the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. “Whenever we’re trying to recruit business and industry to the area, or existing industry expanding instead of moving off, they always want a good medical facility in the area, and CHI Memorial Georgia will provide that.” Mullis said he believes that Memorial has been able to find success in a region where others have failed because of its strong leadership and reputation.
Mullis also serves as the leader of the Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority.