Crisp Regional Hospital files letter of opposition to Lee Co. Medical Center

Crisp Regional Hospital files letter of opposition to Lee Co. Medical Center

CRISP CO., GA (WALB) - In a letter submitted to the Department of Community Health, Crisp Regional Hospital officially filed a notice of opposition for the proposed Lee County Medical Center.

The opposition was filed September 7 by the President and CEO of Crisp Regional Hospital, Steven Gautney.

This is the first hospital to oppose the medical center, although it is already facing opposition from Dougherty County commissioners.

Crisp Regional Hospital released this statement:

Crisp Regional is a "safety net" hospital serving one of Georgia's most vulnerable patient populations.  In 2016, 19% of services rendered, were to patients whose source of payment was Medicaid and another 10% of services were rendered to uninsured patients.  The total costs of uncompensated care in 2016 at Crisp Regional was $7.4 million.  In the CON application Lee County Medical Center anticipates that 5% of its volume will come from Crisp County, but this volume is anticipated to be commercially insured patients that are crucial to offset losses incurred by existing Medicaid and uninsured patients.  The proposed Lee County Medical Center will unbalance the delicate mix of patients that allows Crisp Regional to serve the underserved.

Below is a copy of the notice of opposition:

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