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February 19, 2007

Albany - A specialty hospital is one step closer to becoming a reality in Albany. On Monday Dougherty County commissioners approved a rezoning request for the corner of Jefferson Street and Philema road.

Now, Albany Specialty Hospital must await Certificate of Need approval before moving ahead with any plans to build a long term acute care facility. Commissioner Lamar Hudgins says, "It's out of our hands basically waiting on state with the CON and if they obtain that, then I think it would be a great asset."

The new hospital would provide up to 140 jobs. If it receives CON approval, it will take about three months to finalize plans.  Construction should take about a year.

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