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:
- It was announced in June of 2016 that the site of the Grand Island Golf Club would be transformed into a hospital
- In November, the Grand Island Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit to stop the project
- County officials filed a certificate of need application with the Georgia Department of Community Health for permission to build the hospital in May
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.
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