BLAIRSVILLE, GA — A Georgia hospital CEO and a doctor have been convicted on over 100 counts related to illegally prescribing thousands of pain pills for no legitimate medical purpose, according to a release from the Department of Justice.

John Gowder CEO of Union General Hospital in Blairsville, and Dr. James Heaton, operator of a family practice clinic in Blairsville, were both convicted. Heaton also worked as Union General Hospital’s nursing home medical director.

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