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Commissioners say Lee County hospital project 'right on track'

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A Lee County commissioner said he is confident the proposed hospital is on track to be open in about two years, and that it's building costs will have no impact on taxpayers.

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Lee County Vice Chair Billy Mathis said at Tuesday night's commission meeting that he wanted the community to know the facts about the proposed hospital.

Mathis said after Grand Island homeowners expressed concerns about a planned 3 story hospital building, architects have drawn it back to 2 stories.

Mathis said developers plan a 60 bed hospital, that should create 150 jobs initially, and pay the county nearly one million dollars annually in tax revenue.

"It's going to be a full service, acute care hospital," said Mathis. "With a fully functioning emergency room. And they will accept all patients. I mean we will take care of our share of indigent patients."

Last month the Lee County Medical Group filed a letter of intent with state officials that a formal Certificate of Need would be filed in 30 days.

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Mathis said they hope construction will start late this year, and that development bonds will fund the construction, not taxpayer money.

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