Residents asked to support University Hospital McDuffie with state income tax deduction
By Linda Green

Keep your state income taxes in McDuffie County and support University Hospital McDuffie at the same time.
A state law became effective Jan. 1 that awards Georgia income tax credits to individuals and corporate taxpayers who contribute to qualified rural hospital organizations. Georgia’s Department of Community Health designated University Hospital McDuffie as a rural hospital and therefore eligible to receive donations from state income tax deductions.
University Hospital McDuffie, at 1260 Washington Road in Thomson, is participating in the Georgia HEART Hospital Program, and anyone paying state income tax may designate a state income tax contribution to the local hospital in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The state has the option to renew the program after 2019. In order to qualify, rural hospitals have to file a five-year plan with the Georgia Department of Community Health.
“Rural healthcare is in a crisis mode and having good quality healthcare is good for economic development in a community,” said Ginger Chew, a development officer for University Heath Care Foundation, which is helping University Hospital McDuffie promote the state income tax credit program Chew. “Quality healthcare is so important to a community. For citizens not to have to go outside the community for healthcare is important.”
University Hospital McDuffie is one of 41 rural hospitals participating in the Georgia HEART Hospital program, which stands for Helping Enhance Access to Rural Treatment. University Hospital McDuffie is among 49 hospitals that have been designated as a rural hospital organization.
According to Chew, hospitals across the state are facing financial challenges, which impact access to healthcare. A hospital in a county with less than 50,000 people, excluding military personnel, may be designated by the state as a rural health organization if it meets qualification criteria established in the law, she said.
“University Hospital McDuffie could potentially receive $4 million a year from the Georgia HEART program,” Chew said. “The tax project does not go toward any other entity but University Hospital McDuffie. It stays local.”
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