Doctors Hospital asks for support for Columbia Co. hospital

Three hospitals are still in the running to build a new facility in Columbia County.

One of the contenders - Doctors Hospital - launched a website where the community can submit electronic letters in support of the hospital coming to Columbia County.

"We're the hospital that serves Columbia County patients the most. More people in Columbia County choose Doctors Hospital than any other hospital in the area."

That's why Doctors Hospital has launched a campaign to get the community to support a possible hospital in the area.

"Right now we're just raising awareness about our proposal to the state to build a hospital in Columbia County."

The hospital is asking people to sport decals on their cars and write letters of behalf of the hospital.

"We've been really surprised. We've gotten a tremendous response from patients and former patients who've written letters for us. It's just not the hospital that wants the new hospital. It's the people in Columbia County that want the hospital."

Doctors Hospital is one of three hospitals that have filed a certificate of need with the Department of Community Health to build the hospital in Evans.

"Having a hospital in Columbia County is just that much closer for them. Our emergency room is one of our key service lines; something we do really well and we want to bring that to the people of Columbia County."

The state is expected to make a decision on the hospital in Columbia County in October.

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