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Georgia Regents wins bid to build Columbia Co. hospital

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Georgia Regents Health System has won the bid to build a hospital in Columbia County, hospital officials announced. 

"We are pleased with the Department of Community Health's decision to embrace our plan, and we are confident that this is a major win for the communities in and around Columbia County," said Shawn P. Vincent, vice president of partnerships, international healthcare and strategic affiliations for Georgia Regents University & Health System.

Now that Georgia Regents' certificate of need has been approved, Vincent said the planning and design phase will begin. A new, state-of-the-art smart hospital will serve as a the cornerstone of a new health campus. 

Two other hospitals were vying for the bid: Doctors Hospital and University Hospital.  

Doctors Hospital disagrees with the Department of Community Health's decision and plans to appeal, said Lindsey Thetford, spokeswoman for the hospital. 

"Officials in Atlanta failed to listen to the people of Columbia County, who overwhelmingly choose Doctors Hospital for their medical care," a statement from the hospital reads. "We see almost twice as many ER visits from Columbia County than any other hospital and we deliver more than half of the babies that are delivered to Columbia County parents. Our application was the best option for both the County and its residents."

Columbia County is currently the largest county in Georgia without a hospital. 

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