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Lee Co. officials anticipate decision on proposed hospital

After a year and five months, Lee County officials were anticipating the final decision from the Georgia Department of Community Health on their proposed hospital to be announced on Wednesday. (Source: WALB) After a year and five months, Lee County officials were anticipating the final decision from the Georgia Department of Community Health on their proposed hospital to be announced on Wednesday. (Source: WALB)
It was announced in June of 2016 that the site of the Grand Island Golf Club would be transformed into a hospital. (Source: WALB) It was announced in June of 2016 that the site of the Grand Island Golf Club would be transformed into a hospital. (Source: WALB)
Lee County Commissioner Rick Muggridge (Source: WALB) Lee County Commissioner Rick Muggridge (Source: WALB)
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Will South Georgians have a new choice for their healthcare? 

After a year and five months, Lee County officials are anticipating the final decision from the Georgia Department of Community Health on their proposed hospital to be announced on Wednesday.

County leaders were very tight-lipped about the proposed Lee County Medical Center on Tuesday night, only saying they expect an announcement on Wednesday, but nothing more than that.

Here's a quick timeline on the proposed medical center:

Since then, that application has attracted both outspoken supporters and opponents. 

Some of those people have formally submitted their opinions to the Georgia Department of Community Health. 

Now the deadline has come for the department to make a decision. 

"I'm under the impression that the commissioner has the ability to move that forward a day or two or move it back a week if they need to do something. I don't anticipate any of that," explained County Commissioner Rick Muggridge. 

Muggridge said in a previous interview that November 15 was the deadline for staff to decide on whether to issue or deny a certificate of need for the proposed hospital, but that deadline could change. 

MORE:
+Dougherty Co. commission votes to oppose Lee Co. hospital
+Lee Co. medical center faces more opposition
+Analysis: Support and opposition to the proposed Lee Co. hospital 
+Dougherty Co. concerned over indigent care funding  

+Lee Co. Commissioner: 'Lee Co. Hospital will not raise Dougherty taxes'
+Officials host conference call on proposed Lee Co. Medical Center

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