Update

Certificate of Need denied for behavioral facility

by Clay Neely - clay@newnan.com

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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 proposed Newnan Behavioral Hospital was officially denied on Dec. 27.

“We are appealing the decision,” said Dr. Richard Kresch, CEO, US HealthVest, on Thursday. “We want to thank everyone for their support and would encourage you to contact elected officials to express continued support for our proposed hospital.”

“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 at Thursday’s authority meeting. “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.”

The Certificate of Need decisions made by the Georgia Department of Community Health may be appealed by the applicant (in this case, US HealthVest), the county or municipal government where the project would be located, a competing applicant and a competing health care facility that notifies the Healthcare Facility Regulation Division in writing about its opposition to a proposed project on or before the 60th day of the review cycle and participated in the required Opposition Meeting.

The original Certificate of Need application for Newnan Behavioral Hospital was filed on Aug. 30, 2013.

Carroll County-based Tanner Health System had recently opposed the proposed Newnan Behavioral Hospital, citing among other things, a lack of need for the facility.

Tanner said its inpatient facility, Willowbrooke at Tanner in Villa Rica, currently provides 52 beds, with separate units for adults, children and adolescents. Officials said they have ample space to serve the community’s needs.

US HealthVest, which wants to convert part of the old Piedmont Newnan Hospital on Hospital Road to a behavioral health facility, said the complex would have 60 beds for inpatient care, of which 10 were reserved for active duty military and veterans.

The hospital campus at 60 Hospital Road on Newnan’s west side was most recently the home of Piedmont Newnan Hospital before it moved to new facilities on Poplar Road.

US HealthVest provides specialized psychiatric care services, including substance abuse treatment, through inpatient and outpatient programs. The company is based in the United States.



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