Frequently Asked Questions

We know that our community may have questions about Lee County Medical Center.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers to help you learn more about our vision for Lee County. You can also submit a question of your own in the box to the right.

What are we sharing?

Lee County is committed to being one of the best places possible in Georgia to live, work and raise a family. To fulfill this commitment, we know that we must always look for ways to continue building a better Lee County.

That’s why we are excited to take the next important step by filing a Certificate of Need (CON) application with the Georgia Department of Community Health for a new 60-bed general hospital right here in Lee County. This hospital will not only provide access to excellent healthcare to our County, but also to our surrounding neighbors in Southwest Georgia. Our number one priority in building this hospital is to ensure that the residents of our community have a choice when it comes to accessing to the local, excellent healthcare they deserve.

Why is Lee County building a new hospital?

The leaders of our County know how special our community is, and we want to see our area be the best that it can be. We are committed to ensuring that Lee County is as successful as possible – not just today, or five years from today, but for generations down the road.

That’s why we are committed to building a better Lee County. We want to protect what makes us unique, but grow in ways that will help us be strong in the future. And this vision is not just for our County residents, but for all of our neighbors in Southwest Georgia. We know that the more successful we are, the more we will be able to positively impact our surrounding communities, too.

We are excited about Lee County Medical Center’s role in these efforts. The hospital will provide local access to affordable, excellent healthcare, as well as a critical economic boost to our area that has the potential to spur additional growth across many local industries in the future.

How was this decision made?

The Lee County Commissioners are spearheading this process, with our community members at the forefront of our minds every step of the way. The Commission has been working for months with a dedicated team of experts, including local physicians, architects, developers and an experienced operator to create our vision for the new hospital.

We are thankful and humbled by all of the support we have received so far – from local community leaders, physicians, businesses, residents and more. It’s clear to us that our community believes in the vision for the new hospital as much as we do.

What does this mean for our community?

This hospital will be an asset to our community by providing local, excellent healthcare, and by providing a critical economic boost to our area that has the potential to spur additional growth across many local industries in the future. The County’s number one priority in building this hospital is to ensure that the residents of our community have a choice when it comes to accessing to the local, excellent healthcare they deserve. We are thankful and humbled by all of the wonderful support we have received from our community so far – from local community leaders, physicians, residents and more.  It’s clear to us that our community believes in the vision for the new hospital as much as we do.

What are the contents of the CON application?

The full CON application can be reviewed here. The application includes a variety of specific details about the hospital, including:

  • The County will provide the land for the hospital, along with the necessary infrastructure. The County will work with an experienced developer to construct the hospital and an experienced for-profit hospital operator, which will operate and manage the hospital. The Development Authority will own the hospital and the operator will operate and manage the hospital pursuant to a lease agreement.
  • Expert architects will finalize the design of a state-of-the-art, 60-bed general hospital on Grand Island Drive.
  • The hospital will provide both acute and emergency care services, including an ICU, medical/surgical unit, inpatient and outpatient services, MRI and CT scan capabilities, and more.
  • The hospital will provide access to great healthcare for all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital projects that it will provide total uncompensated care of nearly $6 million in the first year of operation and nearly $12 million in year two.
  • We will create more than 350 good-paying jobs, and will provide important training opportunities for medical and professional students.
  • The hospital will collaborate with a variety of community partners, such as Lee County Optical, Lee County Medical Arts Center, Hughston Clinic, Lee County Health & Rehabilitation, and more.
Who is leading this process?

The Lee County Commissioners are spearheading this process with our community members at the forefront of our minds every step of the way. The County’s number one priority in building this hospital is to ensure that the residents of our community have a choice when it comes to accessing the local, excellent healthcare they deserve.

Will the hospital provide charity care?

Absolutely. We will treat all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital projects that it will provide total uncompensated care of nearly $6 million in the first year of operation and nearly $12 million in year two.

How many jobs will the new hospital create?

The new hospital will create more than 350 good-paying jobs for our citizens. Additionally, the hospital will provide important training opportunities for medical and professional students. We are excited about this economic boost to our area that has the potential to spur additional growth across many local industries in the future.

When will job applications become available?

We are excited about the 350 good-paying jobs and the economic boost that the new hospital will provide to our area. We anticipate that we will begin to accept job applications for available positions at LCMC in the spring of 2018. We will share this information in a variety of ways as we get closer.

Who or what organization will operate the hospital?

The hospital will be operated by an experienced hospital operator, LCMC OPCO, LLC, which will do business as Lee County Medical Center.  LCMC’s management team has significant experience in operating hospitals in numerous states. Importantly, we want decisions for the hospital to be made locally by people who live and work here in our community. That’s why the new hospital will have an advisory board, which will include representatives from the community.

What happens next?

The CON application review process will take approximately four months to complete. We will work closely with the state during this time, and if all goes according to plan, we will break ground on the new hospital in early 2018.

Thank you for your support and excitement for this process. We are committed to doing the right thing for our community, and we know that Lee County Medical Center will be an incredibly valuable asset to Lee County and Southwest Georgia.

How can I stay updated? Where can I learn more?

We are committed to keeping our community informed as we move through this process, and there will be many opportunities to stay updated along the way. Additionally, you can sign up to receive the latest updates via email by visiting the stay informed page.

The Department of Community Health’s regulations authorize the Department to grant a Certificate of Need (CON) for a new hospital if the facility will be the sole community provider and more than twenty percent (20%) of the capital costs of the facility are financed by the County. Will Lee County Medical Center meet these requirements?

The project absolutely satisfies these requirements. First, Lee County Medical Center will be the sole community hospital in Lee County. Second, more than 20% of the facility’s capital costs will be financed by Lee County.

Last year, the Lee County Board of Commissioners approved the new hospital. In so doing, the Board of Commissioners authorized approximately $80,000,000 in financing through the issuance of Revenue Bonds by the Lee County Development Authority, which the Board of Commissioners activated in 1979 to promote industry, trade, commerce and employment in Lee County. The amount financed by the County far exceeds twenty percent (20%) of the hospital’s capital costs. The County’s willingness to provide this financing, and the Authority’s commitment to own the facility until the bond debt is paid in full, are part and parcel of the County’s efforts to make Lee County an attractive place to live and work as the County grows.

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