Hospital swap will result in name drop

SNELLVILLE -- The ownership of the Snellville hospital long known as Emory Eastside Medical Center is expected to complete a transition in coming months that would presumably drop the "Emory" moniker from its title.

According to a release from Emory Healthcare and Hospital Corporation of America, HCA, a long-time parent company for the Snellville campus, will assume full ownership of Eastside Medical Center.

In a swap, Emory will also purchase HCA's shares in Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

"The relationship between Emory Healthcare and HCA has always been very amicable and mutually respectful," Larry Kloess, president of HCA's regional division, said in the release.

"Our organizations share a deep-rooted commitment to delivering the very best possible health care services and we will work collaboratively and effectively to ensure a seamless transition for employees and physicians, and certainly no disruption to our patients."

A spokesperson for the Snellville hospital could not be reached Tuesday afternoon, but a banner posted on its Web site welcomed visitors to "Eastside" -- dropping the Emory name.

Details about the deal were sparse Tuesday. HCA spokeswoman Cheryl Read said no details outside of what was in the release could be revealed at this time.

"It's a great opportunity for both, and we've had a good, long relationship with Emory," Read said.

In the release, Kloess and an Emory spokesman both said they "expected no immediate changes in executive leadership at either facility."

The partnership between HCA and Emory began in 1998, with the pending transition expected to be complete "within the next several months."

Nashville-based HCA dubs itself the nation's leading provider of health care services, saying it manages 163 hospitals in 20 states.

Eastside broke ground on a new medical office building and a $12-million emergency department expansion on June 30.