Lee hospital application timeline changes

Lee Co. Extension Request to be re-filed

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - Lee County commissioners say their application for a Certificate of Need (CON) extension for a new hospital is being withdrawn temporarily, and will be re-filed with the state nearer to the May 2019 deadline.

The announcement was released Friday morning.

“The Georgia Department of Community Health asked us to re-file the extension request closer to the May deadline to allow for any change in circumstances,” said Eddie Alexander, President and CEO of LCMC OPCO, LLC, the company that will operate and manage Lee County Medical Center.

“This will allow LCMC to show the additional progress that will be made before the deadline. The process is proceeding, and our team will be able to provide the Department updated information in our next filing about the work we will accomplish this spring before the May deadline," Alexander said.

The county said since the Department’s CON approval, the county has worked with Alexander and a team of local physicians, architects and developers to take care of all of the elements needed to build and open the new hospital.

The extension request was filed as a result of unanticipated weather delays, infrastructure projects and the business of building a new hospital.

"We look forward to expanding local healthcare access and achieving our vision for Lee County,” said Billy Mathis, Lee County Commission Chairman. “We appreciate the strong support we continue to receive and will keep our community updated as we move through this process.”

The County expects to re-submit the request to the Department in May, as they work toward a groundbreaking later this year.

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