Dept. of Community Health files motion to dismiss LCMC CON appeals

Dept. of Community Health files motion to dismiss LCMC CON appeals
Lee County Commissioner Billy Mathis (Source: WALB)
Lee County Commissioner Billy Mathis (Source: WALB)

LEE CO., GA (WALB) - The Department of Community Health has filed a motion to dismiss appeals against the Certificate of Need for the proposed Lee County hospital.

Dougherty County and The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals filed appeals in December.

At that time, they argued the Lee County Medical Center would cause a negative impact on Dougherty County.

"We knew that would happen because neither Dougherty County nor Veazie's lobbying group, The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals has any standing. We knew that before they filed the action that they have now," said Lee County Commissioner Billy Mathis.

According to the motion, Dougherty County and the community hospitals alliance do not meet the criteria required to appeal the department's decision.

The motion says the department is not dismissing or conceding Crisp Regional Hospital's standing to appeal.

"No, we are still moving forward with the project. The Crisp appeal is still in the appeals process and we hope that will be resolved very soon," explained Mathis.

Mathis said they hope to begin building a new hospital very soon.

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