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Silver Cross inaccurately named former hospital owner

I am writing in response to the article published in your April 25, 2017, edition, “Old Hospital Needs Some TLC.” In that article you stated as fact that at some point in time the former hospital “building was sold to Silver Cross Health and Rehab Center.” That is a completely inaccurate and false statement.

Silver Cross Health and Rehab Center, under the management of Advanced Healthcare Management (AHM), has never owned the facility mentioned in your article. We presently lease our facility from Silver Cross Home, as we have since 2013.

The former operator ­— Silver Cross Home — was started by and owned by Willing Hearts Circle and occupied the former hospital. Outstanding patient care and services were provided at this location. Enhanced services and an improved state of the art physical plant was provided for the citizens of Brookhaven and Lincoln County when the Silver Cross Home relocated to Silver Cross Drive. The Silver Cross Board sold the facility mentioned in your article years ago to a private investor. Silver Cross Health and Rehab Center has never occupied, owned, nor had a financial interest in or responsibility for the former hospital.

It is shocking that you would inaccurately name us as a former owner of the property but never once identify the current owner. Surely your readers are more interested in who has let the property deteriorate and become an eyesore in the community.

AHM has committed vast resources to improve and enhance the Silver Cross Health and Rehab Center since acquiring it four years ago. In just the last year, we have continued our investment in Brookhaven and Lincoln County with the addition of The Aspen of Brookhaven, the soon-to-be opened 44-suite assisted living community located near King’s Daughters Medical Center.

AHM has shared the news of our community efforts editorially and through paid advertising in this publication. We would appreciate accurate and responsible reporting in return.

Sincerely,

G. Bennett Hubbard Jr.

President & CEO

P.S. I did notice a correction in today’s paper, thank you.