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Columbia County Planning Commission to consider revised plans for hospital at Gateway Boulevard



A minor revision on the former clubhouse property of the Jones Creek subdivision is not the only such item the Columbia County Planning Commission is considering on Thursday. Augusta University’s Columbia County hospital is inching its way further toward development.

On Jan. 18, AU Medical Cente...

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  1. Columbia County’s explosive growth warrants a hospital of the size proposed. The county’s strong suit is that its government — at all levels — is managed by men and women with strong business management and financial skills.

  2. Point of clarification. University Hospital was party to a single appeal. I had not retired from UH yet, so I was in attendance at the employee meetings. The constant barrage of “challenges” thereafter were SINGLY from Doctor’s Hospital/Hospital Corporation of America. While we are on the Doctor’s/HCA discussion, they also engaged in a “peeing contest” to build a free-standing ER, also in Columbia County. Somehow, they DID win that bid. Two years later, the only construction they have accomplished are two gates, and the closing of the restaurant. If UH had won the prize, there would already be an operational free-standing ER, on land that UH already owned and had developed. An excellent example of a free-standing ER is in Summerville, SC, right beside the Nexton community.

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