Opponents of proposed LCMC address concerns at Atlanta meeting

Opponents of proposed LCMC address concerns at Atlanta meeting

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Opponents of the proposed Lee County Medical Center had the chance to present their arguments in front of the Georgia Department of Community Health Tuesday.

Lee County Commissioner Billy Mathis was at the meeting.

WALB was in Atlanta Tuesday, but was told by a press secretary that the meeting was not public.

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Opponents of the proposed medical center made brief presentations.

We have spoken to the opposition before about their arguments.

You can read the letters of opposition below:
+Crisp Regional Hospital, INC
+Sen. Freddie Powell Sims
+Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
+Dougherty County Board of Commissioners
+William Hancock

Many say there is no need for the hospital.

Mathis urges there is a need for competition in South Georgia.

He says he was not surprised by the arguments made Tuesday, especially by representatives for Dougherty County.

"It was a sad kind of argument that the whole reason they don't want us to have a hospital because of their economic challenges. But our position is why should Lee County be held back because Dougherty County has challenges," said Mathis.

Mathis went on to say Phoebe provides school nurses and some healthcare for inmates in Dougherty County.

He says he wants to be able to do the same for the people in Lee County.

Colquitt Regional Medical Center had also filed a letter of opposition, but nobody from the hospital signed into Tuesday's meeting.

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