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Crisp Regional Hospital to appeal LCMC Certificate of Need

Crisp Regional Hospital announced Wednesday morning that they will appeal the the Department of Community Health’s decision to approve the Certificate of Need for the Lee County Medical Center. / Photo: MGN Online

Crisp Regional Hospital announced Wednesday morning that they will appeal the the Department of Community Health’s decision to approve the Certificate of Need for the Lee County Medical Center.

Officials with the hospital say that the Crisp Board of Trustees plans to work with leaders of LCMC to evaluate options that will reduce the disproportionate burden on Crisp Regional in serving the uninsured patients of Crisp, Wilcox, Dooly, Worth, and Turner counties. If an agreement can be reached between the parties, Crisp officials say the appeal may be withdrawn.

Hospital officials add that a reduction in funds to support Crisp Regional and increased labor costs will severely impair the hospital's long term ability to serve the needs of residents and does not seem consistent with prudent health planning.

LCMC's Certificate of Need was granted on November 15 with a 30 day window to appeal to the Department of Community Health.

LCMC and Lee County officials responded a few hours later Wednesday morning.

"Although we hoped an appeal wouldn't be filed, Crisp is simply exercising their right," said Eddie Alexander, President and CEO of LCMC OPCO, LLC, the company that will operate LCMC. "This is standard protocol of the CON process and isn't too surprising."

"I, along with the rest of the Lee County Commissioners, place my trust in this process and that everything will work itself out," said Billy Mathis.

"We remain optimistic about the outcome of this appeal," added Alexander. "It is our ope that by the end of this process, we both can provide and enhance access to local, quality healthcare for residents of Southwest Georgia."

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