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Lee County plan to begin building new hospital early next year

Lee County commissioners announced Tuesday the hospital will possibly bring in 150 jobs and generate $1 million of revenue into the economy. / Photo by Sophie Keyes

People in Lee County will no longer have to travel for medical assistance.

During Tuesday's Lee County Commission meeting it was announced a letter of intent was filed for the new facility April 18, 2017.

Following the letter of intent a Certificate of Needs document will be filed in 30 days and then there will be a 120 day review period. Construction is set to begin early next year.

Lee County commissioners announced Tuesday they believe the hospital will possibly bring in 150 jobs and generate $1 million of revenue into the economy.

The medical center will hold 60 beds and operate with a full emergency room. All patients will also be accepted.

"It's really going to make a difference. There's going to be a huge impact on Lee County's economy. From the numbers we've heard, the numbers will be substansial, not just from the hospital," Vice Chairman of Lee County Commission, Billy Mathis, said.

After Grand Island property owners expressed concerns of the hospital coming to their neighborhood, Lee County decided to build a two-story facility, instead of the original three-story plan.


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