3 hospitals file Letters of Intent for Columbia County hospital bid

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW) - Doctor's Hospital is the last of the three healthcare providers to submit a letter of intent to build a facility in Columbia County.

University Hospital submitted at letter of intent on May 1 and Georgia Regents Medical Center submitted its letter on Tuesday.

Each healthcare provider is negotiating to build a new 100-bed hospital in Columbia County. Those letters submitted to the Georgia Department of Community Health are now under review by the agency.

The Letter of Intent is part of a process to try to win the bid for expansion in Columbia County.

In statement Doctor's Hospital Spokeswoman Lindsay Thetford says, "to our neighbors in Columbia County, Doctors Hospital is committed to building a state-of-the-art hospital in the area. This is another step in the process of bringing quality healthcare closer to the families of Columbia County."

Shawn P. Vincent, Sr., GRU's Vice President of Partnerships, International Healthcare and Strategic Affiliations, said:

"Filing our Letter of Intent demonstrates our continued commitment to building a community teaching hospital and health care campus in Columbia County that will contribute to the economic, social, cultural, and physical health and wellness of its residents and neighbors. We expect to submit our Certificate of Need proposal within the next 30 days."

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