Crisp Regional Explains CON Appeal

Published 9:13 am Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Brooke Marshall, Crisp Regional Hospital

Crisp Regional Hospital and Board of Trustees would like to share this info with the community to make them aware of the impact LCMC could have of the Community as well as the Hospital.  We believe we are doing what is in the best interest of the hospital as well as the community with our recent decision.

• On Tuesday, December 13th, Crisp Regional Hospital Board of Trustees appealed the Department of Community Health Decision to approve the Certificate of Need for the Proposed Lee County Medical Center.

• In 2015, Crisp Regional Health Services, INC, in Cordele, GA generated more than $173,450,818 in revenue for the local and state economy, according to a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association, the state’s largest hospital trade association.

• During the same time period, Crisp Regional Hospital provided $4,438,239 in uncompensated care while sustaining more than 2,208 full-time jobs throughout Crisp, Dooly, and Wilcox Counties and the rest of the state.

• LCMC is a “For Profit” hospital and not a “Not-For-Profit” Community Hospital.

• As it is currently planned, the proposed LCMC is projected to reduce net revenue to Crisp Regional by $1.7-2.7 Million dollars annually for a 5-year negative revenue of $10 Million dollars to the hospital and community.

• The proposed LCMC is expected to competitively increase labor costs due to the existing shortage of nurses, doctors, and other medical personnel in the region.

• There are currently 47 CRH employees residing in Lee County and Albany.  This is 5.5 percent of CRH labor force and amounts to $2.6 million in annual labor costs.  Expected replacement costs for these personnel is projected to generate additional costs of $700,000 and a 5-year escalation in labor costs of at least $2.5 million.

• The Crisp Board of Trustees plans to work with leaders of LCMC to evaluate options that will reduce disproportionate burden on Crisp Regional in serving uninsured patients of Crisp, Wilcox, Dooly, Worth, and Turner County.