CONTACT: Erica C. Cline
May 1, 2014
University Hospital Files Letter of Intent
to Build a Hospital in Columbia County
AUGUSTA – University Health Services Inc. filed a “letter of intent” April 30 with the Georgia Department of Community Health – Healthcare Facility Regulation Division – to “develop a 100-bed acute care hospital” in Columbia County.
The letter precedes filing of the Certificate of Need application, which will take place in 30 days, according to Ed Burr, Senior Vice President for Legal and Regulatory Affairs for University.
“We look forward to fine-tuning and submitting our application that shows that University is undeniably the best choice to build a hospital in Columbia County based on these facts,” explained Jim Davis, University Health Care System President/CEO.
- University is the quality and safety leader above all other area hospitals based on highly analyzed publicly reported data from leading organizations to include Healthgrades, Leapfrog and the Georgia Hospital Association, while also remaining the lowest-cost hospital provider.
- University Hospital Columbia County would be locally owned and governed by people the residents know and trust.
- University Hospital has a large, stable Medical Staff dedicated to caring for patients.
- University Hospital is a proven partner for Columbia County with the only viable plan to meet the community’s needs.
“We look forward to the opportunity to tell our story,” Mr. Davis said.
The letter states the 250,000-square foot facility will be built on University’s existing campus at 447 North Belair Road in Evans, at a total cost of $143,940,000.
View the letter of intent from University Hospital