Columbia County commissioners leaving hospital decision up to the state

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW)-Columbia County commissioners said they're leaving the decision of which hospital will be best for the county up to the state.

Commissioners voted tonight that the best course of action for the county was to allow all three of University, Doctor's and Georgia Regents to apply with the Georgia Department of Community Health to see which of the three would meet the state's requirements.

Commission Chair Ron Cross said, "the magnitude just grows as you get further into it how complex and complicated it is and then it became more burdensome to pick only one and leave two on the sidelines."

This decision could delay the process as much as six months. But commissioners say that by doing this, they are allowing for a greater chance of success for one of the three hospitals to meet those requirements.

In statement sent to News 12, Shawn Vincent, Vice President of Partnerships, International Healthcare and Strategic Affliations said, " We appreciate the time and thought that both the committee and the Commission put into this effort, and we respect the decision made tonight to let the Department of Community Health decide. We will evaluate our options and determine the appropriate next steps."

News 12 has not yet received a statement from University Hospital or Doctor's hospital.

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