Grady General is close to knowing if state will permit new nursing home here

Grady General Hospital should know in less than two weeks whether the state has approved its request to build a $19 million nursing home adjacent to its facility in Cairo. The Georgia Department of Community Health Office of Health Planning is considering the hospital’s application for a Certificate of Need to “develop a new 75-bed skilled nursing facility” here. The state’s decision deadline on the application is Sept. 25.
“Our goal is to get the approval to build the nursing home and allow our residents to stay in their home town for advanced rehab services and long-term care,” said Crystal Wells, administrator of Grady General Hospital. “Currently, there are very limited resources in our surrounding area that focus on short-term and long-term subacute services that include rehabilitation therapies, wound management and skilled nursing.”
Should the Certificate of Need be granted, it could be several years before such a facility is opened, according to Wells. She said details on the building would need to be ironed out followed by a lengthy construction process. “It may take up to a year or longer to finalize the planning and, once this is done, we expect at least 18 months for construction to be completed,” Wells said.
Since the Grady County Hospital Authority first filed a Letter of Intent to apply for a certificate of need last fall, plans for the nursing home have been revised down, from a $24 million, 108-bed skilled nursing facility to a $19,001,091, 75-bed skilled nursing facility. The application for the CON was filed with the state on May 29, 2018.
“The CON application process is very detailed and lengthy,” said Wells. “We gathered many letters of support from our community members and several meetings were held between the Hospital Authority and John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital, Inc. d/b/a (doing business as) Grady General Hospital regarding the application and the future management of the nursing home, if approved. There also had to be agreements in place with the city, regarding the road between the hospital and the empty lot where we are proposing to build the new nursing home.”
The proposed nursing home would be constructed on a vacant block north of the hospital, which is located at 1155 Fifth St., S.E. in Cairo. A street dividing the lot and hospital would have to be closed presumably to allow the hospital and nursing home to physically connect.

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