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Letter of intent filed for Lee County hospital

The letter said the 60-bed, short-stay hospital, which will be at the site of the former Grand Island Golf Club, will cost no more than $130 million. / Mary Green

Lee County is now a step closer to getting a new hospital.

Lee County Medical Center filed its letter of intent with the Georgia Department of Community Health on Tuesday, signaling that it will soon apply for a certificate of need to build the hospital.

The letter said the 60-bed, short-stay hospital, which will be at the site of the former Grand Island Golf Club, will cost no more than $130 million. It will serve Lee, Dougherty, Crisp, Sumter, Worth and Terrell Counties.

“It’s been a long time coming. Being a rural resident, we do need a hospital here in Lee County, Terrell County, Sumter County, all the surrounding counties," said Milton Jackson, who lives in Terrell County. "Because a lot of people don’t have vehicles, and they’re not able to make it all the way to Albany or Columbus or to another big regional hospital.”

“It should bring some help to some of the people that basically need something to be transferred to quicker," added Kavod Kanah, who also lives in Terrell County. "You don’t have to come all the way to Albany. I think it’s going to be a great benefit.”

The letter also lists G. Edward Alexander of Franklin, Tennessee, as LCMC’s CEO.

LCMC has 30 days — until May 18 — to file its certificate of need application.

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