THIS VACANT PROPERTY next door to Grady General Hospital is the proposed site of a new 75 bed skilled nursing center. Last week local officials learned that a hearing officer had reversed the Georgia Department of Community Health’s original denial of a Certificate of Need for the proposed new facility. If the CON is awarded, the $19 million state-of-the-art facility will offer short-term and long-term subacute services including rehabilitation therapies, wound management and skilled nursing.
Officials with Grady General Hospital say if a Certificate of Need is allowed to go forward and a skilled nursing center is built in Cairo, the facility would create 89 jobs. With last week’s announcement that a hearing officer had reversed the Georgia Department of Community Health’s original denial to issue a CON for the proposed nursing home, local health officials just have to wait about 23 more days to see if the state Department of Community Health will appeal the decision to the department commissioner.
If there is no appeal, GGH administrator Crystal Wells says wrapping up the building’s design will be paramount. “If we are granted the Certificate of Need, one of the next steps would include working with an architect to finalize our plans for building the state-of-the-art facility,” Wells said.
An exact order of progress will then be determined. “Once we have the final approval from the state, we will have a better idea of what the timeline will be for the project,” she explained.
The skilled nursing center will have 75 beds for short-term and long-term subacute services including rehabilitation therapies, wound management and skilled nursing. The $19 million facility will be built adjacent to Grady General, which is located at 1155 Fifth St., S.E., Cairo.