The physician partnership NGTC Health Properties said it will construct a $52 million, 56-bed hospital in Lavonia, Ga., replacing two larger hospitals in the region operated by Ty Cobb Healthcare System, which will manage the new facility.
The health properties partnership includes more than 40 primary-care and specialty physicians. NGTC will finance the construction, to be developed on 40 acres of land on Clear Creek Road. The hospital will replace 71-bed Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston, and 82-bed Hart County Hospital, Hartwell. NGTC said in a news release that the two hospitals are facing economic challenges, and that the rural population cant support two facilities. Ty Cobb Healthcare will manage the new hospital, to be named Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center.
The medical center will apply for permission to build the hospital by mid-July, with construction to be completed in 2011 if approval is given, according to NGTC.
NGTC said it is boosting the services its doctors provide through the new hospital. Youre going to have a lot of physiciansgeneral practitioners and specialists alikeworking to establish themselves in these communities over the next two years. Some will probably move to this area, and we will make extensive use of the existing hospitals while the new Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center is under construction, said Jeff Marshall, an interventional cardiologist and president of NGTC Health Properties, in a written statement.