Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Community Health Systems, Inc., a corporation; and Health Management Associates, Inc., a corporation #00002

Submission Number:
00002
Commenter:
George Robinson
State:
Alabama
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Community Health Systems, Inc., a corporation; and Health Management Associates, Inc., a corporation
Matter Number:

131-0202

George C. Robinson, MD [Redacted] Federal Trade Commission United States of America I am opposed to the forced sale of Riverview Regional Medical Center (RRMC) recently acquired by CHS, as proposed by the FTC. They don’t want CHS to own both RRMC and Gadsden Regional Medical Center (GRMC), in Gadsden, Alabama. The FTC cites elimination of competition as the reason this sale should proceed. I can show that competition between the two hospitals is actually destructive. Furthermore, if both hospitals are owned by CHS, competition will remain a strong positive force for health care in Gadsden because of a multitude of hospitals in nearby surrounding communities. I am one of two cardio-thoracic (CT) and vascular surgeons practicing in Gadsden. I have been in practice in Gadsden since 1990. I have worked at both hospitals all the time. The attached document contains the full text of my comments. Sincerely, George C. Robinson, MD