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DCH affirms Columbia County hospital decision

The following email was sent on Sunday, September 27, to members of the GRU and GRHealth community by Shawn Vincent, vice president of Partnerships, International Healthcare and Strategic Affiliations

Dear Colleagues,

We have some exciting news to share with you regarding our Columbia County hospital project.

Today we learned that the Georgia Department of Community Health affirmed its decision to grant Georgia Regents Medical Center a Certificate of Need to build a 100-bed hospital in Columbia County.

As you may remember, after the Department’s November 2014 decision to issue the CON to Georgia Regents, both University and Doctors hospitals filed appeals with DCH contesting the decision. This DCH decision answers those appeals.

We applaud the team at DCH for the time, care and effort that they’ve invested in evaluating the health care needs of Columbia County’s citizens and in choosing the most appropriate provider to meet those needs.

We are confident that our proposal is the most comprehensive and forward-thinking, and that by leveraging equipment and IT solutions that our health care partners Philips and Cerner have not yet made widely available, Columbia County could soon lay claim to the most technologically advanced hospital in the nation.

If there is no further opposition to the Certificate of Need, we will work to finalize the purchase of the building site in Grovetown so that we can begin construction.

We are committed to building a community teaching hospital and health care campus that will contribute to the economic, social, cultural and physical health and wellness of the residents of Columbia County and its neighbors.

We appreciate all of you for supporting our efforts, and we remain confident that we will soon move this project forward.

Kindest regards,

Shawn P. Vincent, Sr.
Vice President of Partnerships, International Healthcare and Strategic Affiliations

Columbia County hospital update

The following email was sent on Monday, September 21, to members of the GRU and GRHealth community by Shawn Vincent, vice president of Partnerships, International Healthcare and Strategic Affiliations

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that today the Superior Court of Georgia dismissed the lawsuit filed by Doctors Hospital challenging the validity of the Department of Community Health’s decision to grant a Certificate of Need to Georgia Regents Medical Center to build a 100-bed hospital in Columbia County.  Our plan includes the design of a state-of-the-art, high-touch, high-tech community hospital to meet the health and wellness needs of Columbia County and surrounding communities.

As you may recall, Doctors Hospital filed the lawsuit claiming that DCH acted outside its scope last November in granting the CON. In dismissing the case, the court said that Doctors had filed the suit prematurely since the administrative process at DCH has not concluded.

Today’s announcement is another positive step in our efforts in Columbia County.

We still await a final decision on the appeals filed to DCH by Doctors and University hospitals contesting the CON being awarded to us. Those hearings wrapped up in Atlanta in late June, and we hope to hear from DCH soon.

We remain confident in our efforts and in the Department of Community Health and its CON process.

While these hearings are time-consuming, they have given us additional opportunities to emphasize the unique attributes of our plan – including choosing Grovetown as the location and capitalizing on our expertise in trauma and medical education.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you again for your continued support. This entire process would not have been possible without our dedicated faculty and staff and the involvement of the community.

We will continue to keep you informed as we take the steps to move our Columbia County hospital project forward.

Sincerely,

Shawn P. Vincent, Sr.

Vice President of Partnerships, International Healthcare and Strategic Affiliations

Appeal hearing over Columbia County hospital ends

Testimony concluded on Monday in the appeal hearing regarding Georgia Regents Medical Center’s certificate of need to build a hospital in Columbia County.

The following is a letter from Shawn P. Vincent, Sr., GRU’s Vice President of Partnerships, International Healthcare, and Strategic Affiliations regarding the hearing’s conclusion.

“Dear Colleagues,

The appeals hearing regarding the Department of Community Health awarding  a certificate of need to Georgia Regents Medical Center to build a 100-bed hospital in Columbia County concluded yesterday. These hearings gave us another opportunity to emphasize the uniqueness of our proposal.  Our plan includes a state of the art, high touch and high tech community hospital which meets the health and wellness needs of Columbia County and the surrounding communities. In collaboration with the County, we worked to identify Grovetown as the ideal location as it meets the current and projected growth needs of the community. Our expertise in trauma and teaching are cornerstones to our vision. After presenting a compelling case, we remain confident in our efforts and in the Department of Community Health’s CON process.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you again for your continued support. This entire process would not have been possible without our faculty, staff and community involvement.

We will continue to keep you informed as we take the steps to move our Columbia County hospital project forward.”

Sincerely,

Shawn P. Vincent, Sr.
Vice President of Partnerships, International Healthcare and Strategic Affiliations