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August 8--  Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia is attracting phycian groups from Savannah and Dublin to provide services in the new Vidalia hospital.

Medical Center CEO Alan Kent reports the latest affiliations are with the six heart doctors who make up Cardiology Associates of Savannah.

"Our purpose is to give their patients an opportunity to be cared for in Vidalia in the hospital when they need imaging services or cardiac cath or hospitalization instead of having to go to Savannah to have those services provided there," he said.

"We also have been fortunate to partner with the two doctors of Dublin Urology and they also will be doing surgery and taking care of some of their patients here in Vidalia," he notes.

Kent says the focus is to provide people who need healthcare with services which preclude the need for them to go out of town.

As a result, Meadows Regional now employs nearly 800 people.

"We're up to 790 individuals considering all of our locations.  The overall opportunity to add to the strength of the hospital and to insure we're able to provide needed services will require more employees.  We have to be judicious because we have to maintain a strong financial position to weather Obamacare and the other healthcare issues these days, but I expect we will have more growth in the future," Kent believes.