Certificate of Need Approved For Lee County Medical Center

Georgia Department of Community Health approves new 60-bed hospital to expand localhealthcare access in Southwest Georgia

LEESBURG, Ga. (Nov. 15, 2017) – The Lee County Commissioners announced today that the Georgia Department of Community Health (Department) has approved the Certificate of Need (CON) application for Lee County Medical Center. Although the decision may be appealed with the Department’s approval, the County is another step closer to expanding local healthcare access for the residents of Lee County and Southwest Georgia.

“This is an exciting milestone for our County,” said Billy Mathis, Lee County Commission Vice Chairman. “Our number one priority is to do what’s right for our community,

Proposed site of Lee County Medical Center.

and we appreciate the Department’s effort in allowing us to provide the high-quality healthcare our community wants and deserves.”

Over the past several months, the County has been working with a team of experts to provide a choice in local hospital services. The new 60-bed general hospital will be a fullservice healthcare provider, offering both acute and emergency care services such as an ICU, medical/surgical unit, inpatient and outpatient services, MRI and CT scan capabilities and more.

“We are extremely pleased with the Department’s CON approval,” said G. Edward Alexander, President and CEO of LCMC OPCO, LLC, the company that will operate and manage Lee County Medical Center. “Throughout this process, it’s been clear that there is a strong need for increased access to affordable, quality care. I am proud to be part of this effort, and I hope that others will join me in securing the future of healthcare for the Southwest Georgia region.”

“This new, state-of-the-art hospital will provide patients with the care they need, regardless of ability to pay, and create much-needed competition in the local healthcare market,” said Winston Oxford, Lee County Chamber of Commerce President. “We
want to see our area be the best that it can be, and this new hospital will play a large role in building a better Lee County.”

Lee County Medical Center will provide more than 350 good-paying jobs, training opportunities for medical and professional students and a total economic impact of $38 million.

“We are incredibly grateful and humbled by all of the support we have received over the
past several months,” said Rick Muggridge, Lee County Commissioner. “Our mission remains the same in doing what’s best for our citizens, and we look forward to continuing this mission by providing access and improving quality care in our area.”

If all goes according to plan, the County expects to break ground on the hospital in early 2018.