Today’s Buzz: Plans For Ambulatory Care Center In Columbia County Halted

September 29, 2011|

Courtesy: Georgia Department of Community Health

A proposed $34.6 million ambulatory care center in Columbia County will not proceed, according to the Physicians Practice Group.

The Board of Directors of the PPG unanimously decided this week to table the project based on economic factors that dramatically changed the business model on which the 2008 proposal was based.

“Economic realities require us to reduce expenses and increase revenue while our mission requires us to expand to meet increasing demand for health care,” said PPG Chief Executive Officer David S. Hefner.

“This is a business decision based on an economic environment that has changed drastically since the plan was proposed,” said Hefner. “Fortunately, we are crafting several long-term agreements with partners in and around Columbia County that will create opportunities for providing health care in existing facilities. A collaborative approach to caring for Columbia County among all health care providers is the best way forward for the entire community.”

PPG applied for a Certificate of Need from the Georgia Department of Community Health in April 2008.

The application proposed a 65,000-square-foot facility near the intersection of Washington and Knob Hill roads in Evans, Ga. to better serve poor and low-income residents in the area and to expand clinical opportunities for medical students and residents.

The Department of Community Health approved the project in September 2008, but construction was delayed by appeals, which were resolved in March 2010

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