Hospital buys into SNF beds

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Three floors of a Georgia hospital will be transformed into an 80-bed skilled nursing facility in a nearly $3 million plan approved by its board.

The shift will allow University Hospital in Summerville to provide a continuum of care under one roof, while giving it leverage in a competitive market.

The move also lets the hospital shift a share of its licensed beds from a standalone, underused facility, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

The move echoes those made by bigger industry players, who are looking at creative transformations.

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