Certificate of Need Application Deemed Complete for New Hospital in Lee County

Decision demonstrates important progress toward providing local access to healthcare for Lee County and surrounding communities 

LEESBURG, Ga. (July 20, 2017) – The Lee County Commissioners are pleased to share that the Certificate of Need (CON) application filed on May 18 for a new hospital in Lee County has been deemed complete by the Georgia Department of Community Health. The application’s complete status is another important step toward seeking approval for the construction of Lee County Medical Center, a new 60-bed general hospital.

Over the coming months, the Department will continue to review the application, and a decision on whether or not to grant approval for the CON is anticipated by November 15. If the application is approved, the County expects to break ground on the new hospital in early 2018.

“This is a great milestone in our process to develop Lee County Medical Center,” said Billy Mathis, Lee County Commission Vice Chairman. “We appreciate the hard work of the Department staff in making this decision, and we look forward to working with them further over the coming months.”

The proposed hospital will be a full-service healthcare provider, offering both acute and emergency care services for all patients, regardless of ability to pay. The County has been working with a dedicated team of experts, including architects, developers and an experienced hospital operator to achieve its vision to establish the new hospital.

“Lee County Medical Center will be a state-of-the-art, beautifully designed facility,” said G. Edward Alexander, President and CEO of LCMC OPCO, LLC, the company that will operate and manage Lee County Medical Center. “Our goal is to ensure that decisions for the hospital are made locally by people who live and work in Lee County. We are pleased with the Department’s decision today and look forward to the process ahead.”

“Over the next few months, we will continue to engage our community members who have been incredibly supportive throughout this process so far,” said Rick Muggridge, Lee County

Commissioner. “The health of our community is our priority, and we are excited about the choice in care that will be offered to the people of Lee County and our neighbors in Southwest Georgia.”

For additional details of the new hospital and to view the full CON application, visit ABetterLeeCounty.com.

About Lee County 

Lee County, one of Georgia’s original 32 counties, is nestled in the heart of Southwest Georgia. A rapidly growing community, we offer a full range of services and amenities while maintaining a hometown atmosphere.

Lee County is a unique blend of residential, commercial and industrial development with a traditional rural flair. Interspersed with creeks, lakes, plantations, and historical sites, the community offers excellent recreational opportunities that take full advantage of the moderate climate and beautiful landscape.

Our warm, friendly population includes many young families attracted by Lee County’s award-winning school system. Located within the Albany metro area, Lee County experienced a 12.51% increase in population between 2000 and 2010 and ranks 61st in population out of 159 Georgia counties.

Lee County is dedicated to encouraging a healthy mix of residential, commercial and industrial development while preserving the county’s rural setting and heritage. Our community’s commitment to quality, well-planned growth ensures Lee County will thrive for years to come.

For more information, please visit www.lee.ga.us.