COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – Doctors Hospital’s pursuit to build a full hospital in Columbia County is over, as the Georgia Supreme Court has declined Doctors’ appeal to have the High Court hear the case.

Augusta University Medical Center will build the first hospital in Columbia County.

The healthcare organization is aiming to build a 100-bed hospital right off of Exit 190 on Gateway Boulevard adjacent to Quest Church.

Doctors Hospital still plans to build a free standing Emergency Room in the county, at the old Fatz Cafe location on Belair Road.

Doctors Hospital has released the following statement:

For many years, Doctors Hospital has been the provider of choice for our friends and neighbors in Columbia County. Our physicians and team members have a reputation for providing safe and compassionate care and for giving back to the community.

While we strongly disagree with the court’s decision, it is final.

We were approved to build a free-standing Emergency Room in Evans and will look to further expand access to care across Columbia County, so residents can continue to receive healthcare from their hospital of choice.

AU released the following statement:

This is a day we have been anticipating for quite some time. A dedicated hospital for one of Georgia’s fastest-growing and largest counties will provide immeasurable benefit to our community and especially our patients that call Columbia County home.  I now look forward to taking the next step in working with our AU Health caregivers and our partners in Columbia County to proceed with the design, planning and construction process. 

Katrina Keefer