LEE CO., GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County Commission and Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals have been denied the right to appeal the proposed Lee County Medical Center's certificate of need.
The CON Appeal Panel Chairperson officially denied the two parties' requests to an administrative appeal against the Medical Center's Certificate of Need, which was signed March 21.
The chairperson said the parties don't have the right to an appeal, and dismissed the two parties from the proceeding.
The Department of Community Health filed a motion to dismiss these appeals last month.
Following the approval of the CON in November, the two parties had filed requests for administrative appeals.
Crisp Regional Medical Center also made a request with the argument that it is a competing hospital.
A hearing has been scheduled for April 30 at the Division of Health and Planning Offices in Atlanta.
Lee County Commissioners said they want a truce with Dougherty County leaders after their fight over the proposed Lee County hospital, wanting to work with Dougherty County to make both communities better.
Lee County Commissioner Billy Mathis said he wants to extend an offering of peace to the surrounding counties and help them understand that this hospital will help all of the communities.
"We're doing this for a choice of healthcare but we're also doing it to make the entire community better and when I say the entire community I mean Lee, Dougherty, The city of Albany, surrounding counties," said Mathis.
Mathis SAID that progress on the hospital development has not slowed and they hope to begin construction in the summer.