Certificate of need denied for behavioral hospital

by Clay Neely - clay@newnan.com


State officials have denied a Certificate of Need for a proposed behavioral health hospital proposed for the old Piedmont Newnan Hospital facilities on Hospital Road in Newnan.

According to officials at the Georgia Department of Community Health, the Certificate of Need application for the Newnan Behavioral Hospital was officially denied Dec. 27.

“We are disappointed that the Certificate of Need was denied for Newnan Behavioral Hospital,” said Coweta County Commission Chairman Bob Blackburn.

“The mental health facility that US HealthVest planned has had overwhelming support in our county and we believe opening this type of facility is clearly warranted. We look forward to receiving further information on why the Certificate of Need was denied and will support any appeal,” Blackburn said.

“We are certainly disappointed with the Department of Community Health’s decision,” said Greg Wright, president of the Coweta County Development Authority. “Medical professionals within Coweta County have made very compelling arguments as to why a local facility is needed. We will continue to work with our community partners to support Newnan Behavioral Hospital during the appeals process.”

For more on this story, see Friday’s print and digital editions of The Newnan Times-Herald.

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