Two more file opposition against Lee County Medical Center
Two more parties have filed opposition notices against the Lee County Medical Center.
Letters were filed on Friday by Colquitt Regional Medical Center and the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals.
The GACH has released the following statement on their opposition:
The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals has filed a notice of opposition to the granting of a Certificate of Need for the proposed development of a new 60-bed hospital in Southwest Georgia, which would be known as Lee County Medical Center.
“The purpose of our organization is to protect the viability of all non-profit hospitals throughout our state and, in turn, access to care for all Georgians,” commented Board Chair Jerry Fulks, President of West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange. “The proposed new hospital does not meet the established criteria for new facilities under Georgia law. More importantly, we believe that its construction will have an adverse impact on existing facilities throughout the Southwest Georgia region.”
The Executive Committee of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals made their decision to formally oppose the medical center in a meeting last week based on data showing significant underutilization of hospital beds in the region as well as concerns that the developer is seeking to be excused from complying with need and impact standards based on an unprecedented financing structure.
The Alliance will file a letter detailing its concerns with the Georgia Department of Community Health in mid October.
Colquitt Regional Medical Center released the following statement:
“Colquitt Regional Medical Center opposed the Lee County Hospital project because at this time there appears to be an adequate number of hospital beds in the Service Area to serve the residents in this region. In addition, we are concerned about the adverse impact the proposed project may cause to the medical teaching program offered at our hospital. “