Columbia County, GA -
The Columbia County Commission is one step closer to building a hospital. Three hospitals have now submitted bids, and the county is getting ready to make a decision.
GRU was the final hospital to propose a bid to build a hospital in Columbia County on Friday. The county will open the three bids from the contending hospitals: GRU, Doctor’s, and University by the end of this week.
County Administrator Scott Johnson said the top priorities are an emergency room and a trauma center.
“That’s going to be very important for us because we feel like in Columbia County there are still some areas that are relatively remote or parts of our county that is a long ride all the way down to the emergency room in Augusta,” said Johnson
Based on the proposals, GRU and Doctor’s would not cost the county any money. However, University is the only one that would require 20% of funding.
Out of the three, GRU stands as the largest project with a 144-bed hospital that could cost over $300 million.
“Certainly, if it has more options and more things available that’s going to benefit the citizens of Columbia County that’s what we are going to want to go with,” said Johnson.
Johnson said many factors will go into choosing the right fit, such as cost, size, and land.
The next step is putting together an evaluation committee to take a closer look at each proposal.
“We will schedule a meeting of the committee, and we will give them the parameters of the evaluation, give them the criteria of how we want things evaluated, and then we will let them do their work” said Johnson.
The county plans to pick members for the evaluation committee next week. A recommendation from the evaluation committee is expected within the next month.