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No ER for Evans, state rules

State says freestanding facility unnecessary

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 6:17 PM
Last updated Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 2:22 AM
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There will not be a freestanding emergency room in Evans from University Hospital or Doctors Hospital, the state ruled Friday.

“The request was denied,” said Pamela Keene, a spokeswoman for the Georgia De­partment of Community Health, which oversees the cer­tificate of need program for the state. Details will not be available until next week, she said.

A University Hospital official who saw the decision said it boiled down to “Colum­bia County doesn’t have a problem accessing an ER,” spokeswoman Rebecca Sylvester said. In the state’s view, “it really wasn’t needed,” she said.

Doctors CEO Doug Welch said he would wait for confirmation on part of the decision, which would likely be Monday, before commenting.

County officials had been hoping at least one proposal would go through and are disappointed, county com­mission Chairman Ron Cross said. County officials met with their state legislative delegation about two weeks ago in hopes they might be able to help, and there might need to be “legislative action to get something done,” Cross said.

Doctors Hospital had sought to build a $9.8 million, 12-bed facility with a trauma room across from Marshall Square on North Belair Road. University wanted to add a $9.67 million, 18-bed facility with five trauma rooms to its nearby Evans campus on North Belair.

The applications were filed within a couple of weeks of each other last year, and the state considered them together.

The decision was not unexpected because the state has never granted permission for a freestanding emergency room before, though many states do, including South Carolina.

A similar petition was denied in December from Eastside Medical Center in Snell­ville to build a freestanding ER in nearby Walton County; however, that application was opposed by local hospitals and some residents in the county, a University official has said previously.

Columbia County officials hope to look at the decision Monday and meet with legislators to see whether there is potential to proceed, Cross said.

Though Doctors Hospital is close to the county line, it is difficult to reach from many parts of the county, he said.

“It’s still not an ideal situation as far as very prompt emergency care,” Cross said.

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scoobynews
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scoobynews 01/26/13 - 11:56 am
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Lol

Boy there are some folks on here with little to no lives. I always have two thumbs down from I am assuming the same two people no matter what I post. I guess I should feel honored someone cares that much about what I have to say whether it is good, bad, or neutral.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/26/13 - 11:57 am
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galaxygirl posted:

Only 23% of people having a widow maker heart attack make it when a family member drives them.

Maybe so. But if the other 77% would have taken a couple of aspirin when the pain started, some of them would have also made it.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/26/13 - 11:58 am
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Expert

From the story:

“It’s still not an ideal situation as far as very prompt emergency care,” Cross said.

Since when is Ron Cross a better expert on medical care than is the Georgia Department of Community Health? Now Cross is going to pout that he didn't get his way and ask his buddy Rep. Ben Harbin to pass legislation this session of the General Assembly to do an end run around the Community Health dept. and approve the thing in spite of the lack of need.

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Willow Bailey 01/26/13 - 12:26 pm
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LL, we can hope.

LL, we can hope.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/26/13 - 12:35 pm
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LL makes a good point. I can

LL makes a good point. I can also assure you of the 77% transported by ambulance, they don't all make it either. In addition, the comment about the widowmaker artery means it was a main left coronary artery which can only be addressed by cardiac surgery.

The only hospitals in the CSRA with this capability are Aiken, University, MCG and Eisenhower. Transporting patients to a stand alone ER would be a waste of time when the patient requires cardiac surgery.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/26/13 - 12:42 pm
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Another thing to look into,

Another thing to look into, would be the response time of ambulance service for Columbia and surrounding counties.

Jake
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Jake 01/26/13 - 02:07 pm
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Hospital

I really like the idea of building a hospital in Columbia County. Not only would it make it more convenient for the citizens of the county but it would also be a means of providing jobs for professional health care workers and others.
I keep telling my teenage children, get into the medical field when thinking about what to major in college. Sick people are not going away. It is a steady flow that is only going to get bigger with the baby boomer generation.

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oldredneckman96 01/26/13 - 08:58 pm
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Get used to the goverment telling you if you are sick or not, need a doctor or not, you voted this in, now die with it.

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