ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Lee County Medical Center OPCO, LLC has officially started the state licensing process to build a hospital in Lee County.
Tuesday, the group's letter of intent to file a Certificate of Need Application to the Georgia Department of Community Health was received and posted by The Office of Health Planning.
G. Edward Alexander of Franklin, Tennessee is named as the CEO of the Lee County Medical Center. In the application the Lee County group proposes to operate a new 60 bed, short-stay general hospital to be constructed at 270 Grand Island Drive.
The application says the estimated cost of the project is not to exceed $130 million. The primary service area is Lee County, with second service to encompass Crisp, Dougherty, Sumter, Worth, and Terrell County.
Neighbors voiced their concerns after learning more about a new letter of intent to build the hospital.
Folks with the Grand Island Homeowners Association said now they are even more concerned about the proposed size of the facility.
A spokesman for the homeowners association (HMA) said commissioners said the estimated costs would be closer to $50 million.
HMA spokesperson also explained he was told it would be a full-service hospital, which would be much larger.
"What happens to the patients that are really sick, need to be in the hospital two to three, four weeks on ventilators. They're going to have to go to Phoebe obviously, at least a tertiary care center that can take care of sick people... we're not opposed to the hospital and if it will help Lee County and since the golf course is basically gone we certainly want Lee County to step up to the plate and do what they told us," said Grand Island Homeowners Association President John Ricketson.
The application is stamped received by the Office of Health Planning at 2:13 pm on April 18th.
Now the Department of Community Health has 30 days notice before the Lee County Medical Center will file their official Certificate of Need application.
Lee County officials say Alexander is the person they have agreed to be the spokesperson for the hospital effort, and declined comment. WALB News Ten has called Alexander, but he has not yet returned our calls.
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