Lee Co. medical center faces more opposition

Lee Co. medical center faces more opposition
The proposed Lee Co. Hospital (Source: Freese Johnson)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two more notices of opposition have been filed against the proposed Lee Co. Medical Center.

The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals and Colquitt Regional Medical Center have both officially filed notices of opposition for the proposed Lee County Medical Center.

Colquitt Regional's notice of opposition was filed September 14 by the COO and Vice President of Colquitt Regional, Greg Johnson.

The notice of opposition from the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals was filed September 15 by President Monty Veazey.

Veazey spoke to Dougherty County leaders in August on how he thinks the proposed medical center would impact Dougherty County.

Veazy said his organization is specifically opposing the Certificate of Need and the information within it for a few main reasons.

First, he said there is an excess of beds as it is in South Georgia.

Second, he said it will have a negative financial impact on the region as a whole.

The final reason he said is because the county is not following the guidelines for payment of the hospital.

He tells WALB that when a county applies for a hospital they must be at risk of 20 percent of the proceeds.

In the Certificate of Need, it states the Development Authority of Lee County is paying. When we asked Lee county commissioners about this, they said the development authority meets the certificate of need funding qualifications. Veazy disagrees.

He said this opposition has nothing to do with specific hospitals in the area. He said it has to do with setting a precedent for opening hospitals in the state in general.

Colquitt Regional put out a statement late Tuesday afternoon:

"Colquitt Regional Medical Center opposed the Lee County Hospital project because at this time there appears to be an adequate number of hospital beds in the Service Area to serve the residents in this region.  In addition, we are concerned about the adverse impact the proposed project may cause to the medical teaching program offered at our hospital."

Colquitt regional is the second hospital to oppose the medical center. Last week, Crisp Regional filed a notice of opposition.

You can view both notices of opposition below:

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