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Hospital leaders consider next step after Certificate of Need is denied

After having its application denied for permission to build a new skilled nursing center, Grady General Hospital is considering next steps, according to hospital leadership. The Georgia Department of Community Health’s Office of Health Planning announced its decision last week.
“Obviously, we wish the application was approved. We believe this facility would be an important addition to the community, filling a need for high quality care locally,” states Crystal Wells, administrator of Grady General.
The hospital was seeking a Certificate of Need to build a $19 million, 75-bed facility adjacent to the hospital.
“We applied for the certificate of need under an exception to the rule, and it was denied because the reviewers decided we didn’t meet the criteria for approval,” said Wells.
Hospital leaders are now “evaluating options for next steps,” she said.

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