CON application complete for Lee County Medical Center Decision on Lee County Medical Center CON expected by Nov. 15

Via the Albany Herald »

The Lee County Commission announced on Friday that the Certificate of Need application filed on May 18 for Lee County Medical Center has been deemed complete by the Georgia Department of Community Health, which is a step toward seeking approval for the construction of a 60-bed hospital.

Over the coming months, the DCH will continue to review the application, and a decision on whether to grant approval for the CON is anticipated by Nov. 15. If the application is approved, the county expects to break ground on the new hospital in early 2018.

A letter addressed to G. Edward Alexander, president and CEO of LCMC OPCO LLC, the company that would operate and manage Lee County Medical Center, shows the application was deemed complete on Wednesday.

“This is a great milestone in our process to develop Lee County Medical Center,” Billy Mathis, Lee County Commission vice chairman, said. “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 is expected to be a full-service health care provider, offering acute and emergency care services for patients regardless of ability to pay. County officials said they have been working with a team, including architects, developers and the hospital operator, to achieve the vision to establish the new hospital.

“Lee County Medical Center will be a state-of-the-art, beautifully designed facility,” Alexander said. “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.”

The CON application lists Health Care Facilities Partners LLC in Franklin, Tenn., as the parent company for LCMC OPCO LLC.

If clearance for the hospital is given, it will be built on the former Grand Island Gold Club property off Ledo Road. Officials said it is already fostering economic growth through interest from businesses wanting to locate nearby, while they say brings strong potential for partnerships with medical practices in the Lee County area.

“Over the next few months, we will continue to engage our community members who have been incredibly supportive throughout this process so far,” Rick Muggridge, a member of the Lee County Commission, said. “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 on the new hospital, partnerships and to view the full CON application, visit www.abetterleecounty.com.