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Crisp Regional, Dougherty County make moves over Lee County Medical Center

Crisp Regional Hospital announced Friday afternoon that they are withdrawing their appeal opposing their Certificate of Need for their Medical Center, but Dougherty County made moves of their own. / Photo: Mary Green

Crisp Regional Hospital announced Friday afternoon that they are withdrawing their appeal opposing their Certificate of Need for their Medical Center, but Dougherty County made moves of their own.

Crisp Regional officials say they respect the interests of all citizens to access quality healthcare and that they are pleased that the matter has been favorably concluded for the benefit of those who reside in the respective communities.

“While Crisp Regional Health Service is well known for its role in meeting the health care needs of the residents of Cordele, it also plays an integral role in promoting our area’s economic health,” said Steven Gautney, CEO of Crisp Regional. “We are thankful for the community’s partnership with our local hospital and will continue to work hard to ensure that area residents have access to the best and safest health care services available.”

Lee County Commissioner Rick Muggridge said he is relieved to know this appeal has been dropped.

"Honestly, that makes me happier than anything else, that the parties involved saw what was best for everybody, so I'm excited about that," he said. "So what does that mean? It means we're going to build a hospital in Lee County."

Muggridge also announced Dougherty County has filed suit in Fulton County Superior Court over the medical center.

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