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MONTEZUMA, Ga. (AP) — A hospital emergency room in central Georgia will soon close its doors.
Flint River Hospital in Montezuma plans to close its emergency department on Sunday.
WMAZ-TV reports (http://on.wmaz.com/14dSA1m) that some Macon County residents fear that closing the emergency room will mean longer ambulance trips for injured and ill patients to Perry or Americus.
The hospital said in a statement that changes in health care are forcing them to adopt a more efficient business model. That includes concentrating on specialized services like substance abuse and mental health treatment.
Hospital officials say they plan to convert the emergency department into a crisis-stabilization unit and also establish an urgent-care unit.
Montezuma is about 50 miles southwest of Macon.
Information from: WMAZ-TV, http://www.wmaz.com/