Copy of certificate of need application

CON application filed for new hospital

Georgia Regents Medical Center has filed an application for a Certificate of Need with the Georgia Department of Community Health to build a 21st-century community teaching hospital in Columbia County.

GRMC is one of three bidders vying for the new hospital, and the Columbia County Board of Commissioners voted in March to support any of the three that can successfully obtain a CON.

“We are committed to building a community teaching hospital and health care campus that will significantly contribute to the health and wellness of its residents and neighbors,” said Shawn P. Vincent Sr., Vice President of Partnerships, International Healthcare and Strategic Affiliations.

The proposed site for the campus is in the Grovetown area, and the hospital will cost about $195 million. The comprehensive plan would include the hospital, an open-staff model with the majority of providers being local, community physicians; and later expansion would include an associated medical office building with outpatient services; and a satellite teaching environment.

In keeping with Georgia Regents University and Health System’s mission, the campus would provide opportunities to more effectively provide wellness, disease prevention, early detection and treatment to one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation, while offering our faculty, students and staff opportunities for investigation, training, and instruction, and to provide cutting-edge clinical care, Vincent said.

“By leveraging health care and IT solutions that some of our partners have not yet made widely available, Columbia County could soon lay claim to the most technologically advanced hospital in the nation,” he added.

More details from the application are below:

  • Total Square Footage        300,023 GSF
  • Total Project Cost              $194,781,558
  • Site Details
  • Architectural Details
  • GRMC’s CON application meets all three exceptions: teaching, trauma, and county funded 20%
  • Teaching Components
  • Project Completion Forecast
  • 699 high-performing and well-paying positions will be needed to operate GRHealth Columbia County, and we anticipate that many additional jobs will be created in its service.
    • Grovetown, specifically, Lewiston Road Exit at I-20, adjacent to 5010 Steiner Way
    • Approximately 50 acres
      • This 50 acres is the acreage required for the hospital. Additional acreage would be needed for future Medical Office building and other related facilities.
    • 100-bed community teaching hospital
      • Includes 24 Intensive Care Unit/Critical Care Unit beds
      • Includes 76 Medical/Surgical Beds
      • “Smart Room” Technology included for all rooms
    • Level II Trauma Center & Emergency Department
      • Five (5) Trauma Rooms
      • Sixteen (16) Exam Rooms
      • Four (4) Pediatric Observation Rooms
      • Helipad
    • Surgical Services
      • Eight (8) Operating Rooms
      • Two (2) Endoscopy Rooms, One (1) Bronchoscopy Room
      • Thirty-Eight (38) Pre-op/Staging Rooms
      • Twenty-Five (25) Post Anesthesia Care positions, plus one dedicated exam room
    • Imaging Services
      • Three (3) Rad Rooms
      • Two (2) Rad-Fluoro Rooms
      • One (1) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) unit
      • Two (2) Computed Tomography (CT) units
      • One (1) Interventional Radiology Suite
      • Two(2) Diagnostic Cath Labs
    • Additional Square Footage in the hospital to provide teaching spaces, education space, and larger rooms to accommodate the residents, fellows, and students participating in clinical rotations.
    • A future development phase would include a Medical Office Building and additional outpatient facilities.
    • Creates opportunities to train over 100 additional medical students each year.
    • Creates opportunities to train over 200 undergraduate- & graduate-level nursing students.
    • Assuming a building permit can be secured by February 2016, we forecast the construction to be complete in March 2018.
    • Of course, this is dependent on decision timeline.