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11 selected to review bids for Columbia County hospital

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 9:18 PM
Last updated 9:42 PM
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The 11 people who will serve on a citizen’s committee to evaluate bids to build a hospital in Columbia County were made public Tuesday.

Among those selected by Columbia County commissioners are a former commission chairman and state senator, a former newspaper publisher, two physicians and a few bank executives.

The committee will reviewing proposals submitted by Doctors Hospital, Georgia Regents Health System and University Hospital to build at least a 100-bed hospital with a trauma unit. University has proposed a 100-bed hospital that would cost between $130 million and $140 million; Doctors, a $150 million, 108-bed hospital and a medical office building; and Georgia Regents, a $280 million to $310 million health campus that would include a 144-bed hospital.

Commission Chairman Ron Cross said each will have the opportunity to make a presentation to the committee and answer questions about their proposals.

“Hopefully, we can encourage them to complete their work in a 30-day timeframe,” Cross said.

After a proposal is selected, county officials will work with the selected partner on crafting and submitting a proposal to the state for a certificate of need, which is required to build a hospital in Georgia.

That certificate of need has been an insurmountable hurdle so far because of the proximity of a large number of beds in hospitals in Augusta. Past efforts to gain the required certificate have failed.

This time, however, officials are trying a new tactic. The county hopes to exploit one of three untested exceptions to the need standard: that the new facility is part of an existing teaching hospital; it is part of an existing trauma center; or the county is paying 20 percent of the cost of construction.

Staff writer Tom Corwin contributed to this article.

THE COMMITTEE

PIERCE BLANCHARD: Executive vice president, Georgia Bank & Trust

SANDRA CARRAWAY: Columbia County schools superintendent

RICK CRAWFORD: Executive with Security Federal Bank; chairman of the county Convention and Visitors Bureau

ZACH DAFFIN: Vice president, Georgia Bank & Trust; former director of the Columbia County Development Authority

BARRY PASCHAL: Senior director of marketing and communications with Goodwill Industries; former publisher of Columbia County News-Times

DR. LESLIE POLLARD: Physician with Centers for Primary Care, Evans

TOM SCHNEIDER: Former Gold Cross EMS CEO and director of government affairs

DR. S. ALLAN STOCKS: Retired ophthalmologist and co-founder of Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Augusta

DON THORNHILL: Retired Columbia County schools associate superintendent

PAM TUCKER: Director of Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division

JIM WHITEHEAD: Former Columbia County commission chairman and state senator

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NrthAugustaSam
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NrthAugustaSam 01/22/14 - 08:47 am
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Impressed, But Be Afraid

This looks like one of the best groups CC could have assembled to face this task. That said, all of you, be afraid. Be very afraid of letting that slob Azziz get any kind of grip on Columbia County. He will lie to get his way, stab you in the back, and let you bleed in the street all to have his name in lights. Stay away from anything connected to him.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/22/14 - 09:25 am
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soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/22/14 - 09:26 am
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Bankers and yes men. Start up the bulldozers on RR Drive.
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Bankers and yes men. Start up the bulldozers on RR Drive.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/22/14 - 09:26 am
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Where are Rick Allen, EG and Robert?
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Where are Rick Allen, EG and Robert?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/22/14 - 09:28 am
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We only needed three. Banker, contractor and politician.
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We only needed three. Banker, contractor and politician.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/22/14 - 09:28 am
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The cost to stay at this hospital will preclude most citizens.
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The cost to stay at this hospital will preclude most citizens.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/22/14 - 09:29 am
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History will tell us who benefits from this duplication.
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History will tell us who benefits from this duplication.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/22/14 - 10:55 am
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Whatever You Do

Whatever you do, don't buy into this idea that one of the often written about three conditions has to be met. Let them fend for themselves for the CONs. Why do y'all even have this committee NOW? Wait and see what happens. Also, make sure the profits will be returned to improve and enlarge the Columbia County hospital.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/22/14 - 10:58 am
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Past CON Applications For A Hospital?

"That certificate of need has been an insurmountable hurdle so far because of the proximity of a large number of beds in hospitals in Augusta. Past efforts to gain the required certificate have failed."

Tell me more about these past CON applications for a HOSPITAL that have been turned down.

NrthAugustaSam
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NrthAugustaSam 01/22/14 - 11:25 am
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Riverman is Right (Again)

All Azziz does is try to get revenue streams. He is looking for this to pour more money into his empire for other things. Make sure the money stays in Columbia County or he will deflect it elsewhere.

bright idea
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bright idea 01/22/14 - 05:03 pm
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No Austin Rhodes?

He used to work in the ER!

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