LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - An extension filed for the Lee County Medical Center received the green light from state leaders.
Two weeks ago, the Lee County Commission sent a request to the Georgia Board of Health asking for more time to build their proposed hospital, because of unavoidable delays caused by weather, including Hurricane Michael last October.
Lee County Commissioner Rick Muggridge said Tuesday that the state had granted their request.
“We’re still working diligently, doing the engineering, the infrastructure, improvements that we need to do so we can move forward with the hospital as soon as the hospital operators and healthcare providers can come to an agreement and we can get started on the building it’s self,” Muggridge said.
The county still hopes to have a ground-breaking this summer, but expects to have an additional year to have their new 60-bed hospital completed.
The extension was submitted on May 14, according to Georgia Department of Community Health documents.
The certificate of need was originally approved back in November 2017.
The expected $122 million project is expected to be built on the grounds of the former Grand Island golf course.