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Dougherty County considering response to Lee County hospital

Dougherty County leaders are determining if they want to try to block the new Lee County hospital from becoming a reality. / Mary Green

Dougherty County leaders are determining if they want to try to block the new Lee County hospital from becoming a reality.

The county has just over a month to file a letter of opposition against it, and commissioners heard from Monty Veazey, president and CEO of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, at their meeting Monday.

Veazey said he believes the hospital would have a negative impact on Dougherty County, specifically in how it would impact Phoebe, and he eventually recommended that the commission does file that letter of opposition.

Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas said at the end of the day, there’s only one thing that matters.

“What is best for the Dougherty County citizens?” he said. “Is this hospital something that is going to be good or bad for Dougherty County jobs and Dougherty County taxpayers?”

County attorney Spencer Lee had drafted a letter of opposition, but some commissioners said they hadn't had enough time to decide if they wanted to send it.

The county’s public health committee, which includes commissioners Ewell Lyle, Clinton Johnson and Gloria Gaines, will take the next two weeks to consider and discuss this information, then will make a recommendation to the rest of the commission on how to proceed.

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