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Hospital Plans in Commissioners Hands

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Nearly a month after being formed, a special advisory committee to help Columbia County Commissioners choose a hospital, is no more.

The decision on who will build Columbia County's first hospital is now in the hands of county commissioners. Wednesday night, the 11 person committee chosen to make suggestions for the board was dissolved.

"It was structured the way it was simply because we felt we could conduct our deliberations in private. When that proved not to be the case, it negated a lot of the work of the committee," said committee member Dr. Allan Stocks.

Wednesday night, the committee along with board members heard proposals from the three hospitals hoping to get the nod.

Doctors Hospital is proposing a 108 bed hospital for 150 million dollars.

Georgia Regents Health System is proposing a 144 bed hospital that would include a health campus costing between 280 and 310 million dollars.

University Hospital's proposal includes a 100 bed hospital that would cost between 130 and 140 million dollars.

Dr. Stocks said, "those bids and bids are highly confidential and they are not released until a decision has been reached."

Because the hospitals chose to release their plans, the committee meetings and any action the committee took, was open to the public.

Dr. Stocks says he's disappointed at how things turned out.

"It's sad that you had such outstanding people giving their time with no compensation to the county to help the county with a huge decision," said Dr. Stocks.

Dr. Stocks says he doesn't believe there will be a public opinion meeting about the hospital plans. Commissioners would most likely have several work sessions. No word on how those would be structured, who would be included, or when those would be held.


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