Memorial Health Board, Chatham County Hospital Authority Sign Letter of Intent to Join HCA’s South Atlantic Division

(April 19, 2017) – The Memorial Health Board of Directors & the Chatham County Hospital Authority (CCHA) announced today that they have signed a Letter of Intent for HCA to acquire Memorial’s assets and continue its core services to area residents.

“Earlier this year, the Memorial Board and the CCHA commissioned a search for a strategic partner to assume and stabilize the hospital’s operations. A joint committee of the Memorial Board and CCHA conducted an extensive review of potential partners who would be committed to investing in the future of Memorial Health,” said J. Curtis Lewis, III, chairman of the Memorial Health Board. “Memorial is an important community asset that provides critical healthcare access to 35 counties in Georgia and South Carolina, and our Board is excited to find a partner that will complement and support our mission.”

“We believe that HCA’s South Atlantic division is committed, as we are, to ensuring our caregivers receive the support needed to continue delivering world-class care at our elite teaching hospital,” said Frank Rossiter Jr., M.D., chairman of the Chatham County Hospital Authority. “They have demonstrated this not just with words, but in caring for patients in the communities they serve across Georgia and throughout the southeast. HCA has committed to sustaining key Memorial Health services, including pediatrics, neonatal care/level 3 nursery, Level 1 trauma, and the residency education training program.”

Memorial Health and HCA’s South Atlantic division will continue exclusive discussions with the intent to execute a definitive agreement before the end of 2017. Any resulting transactions would need to meet certain regulatory requirements and approvals before they may be completed.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 604-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at,,, and

HCA’s South Atlantic division is headquartered in Charleston, SC, and operates 11 hospitals in seven communities across Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. In addition to its 10 hospital-based ERs, the division operates eight community-based ERs placing care close to home within communities where it has a presence. The South Atlantic division includes several elite Trauma programs that treat the most severe illness and injury. In 2016, the division treated more than a million patients, solved more than 600,000 emergencies, successfully completed more than 140,000 surgeries and delivered more than 11,500 babies.