Lee Co. wants more time to build hospital

Lee Co. wants more time to build hospital
(Source: WALB)

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - Citing unexpected delays, including delays caused by severe weather, the Lee County Commission is asking the state to give them another year to have their new 60-bed hospital completed.

Wednesday morning the commission released a statement saying that Lee County Medical Center’s Certificate of Need (CON), filed in February, should be resubmitted to the Georgia Department of Community Health (Department).

Here is the text of the release-

“Following the CON’s approval, we experienced unanticipated delays, including severe weather, site infrastructure projects and simply the business of building a new hospital,” said Eddie Alexander, President and CEO of LCMC OPCO, LLC, the company that will operate and manage Lee County Medical Center. “While all of these factors have been resolved, these issues still impacted our timeline.”

Lee County leaders are asking for an additional 12 months to construct the new 60-bed hospital. The hospital, which will be located on Grand Island Drive, will be a full-service healthcare provider, offering both acute and emergency care services for all patients, regardless of ability to pay.

“Despite these delays, we continue to be pleased with the positive progress that we have been able to make, including a number of steps towards developing the land and engineering for the hospital site,” said Alexander. “Specifically, the design of an east/west connector road has been finalized, and the County has obtained all of the necessary easements to begin construction of the connector road and utility lines leading to the hospital.”

“As we continue this important work, we appreciate the Department’s review in our efforts to provide access to local, high-quality care in Lee County,” said Billy Mathis, Lee County Commission Chairman. “Our community has been integral to this process, and we will continue to provide updates over the coming months.”

Upon approval of the extension request, the County expects to break ground on the hospital later this year. For additional ongoing updates, please visit www.ABetterLeeCounty.com.

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