Hearing for behavioral hospital set for June, July

by Clay Neely

Editor’s note: The original article incorrectly stated that the Georgia Department of Community Health would be part of the appeal panel. The Certificate of Need appeal panel is an entirely separate entity from the Department of Community Health.

The Certificate of Need appeal for the proposed Newnan Behavioral Hospital has been set for June 23-26 and from July 8-11, according to the most recent tracking report from the Georgia Department of Community Health Healthcare Facility & Regulation Division. The Certificate of Need appeal panel is an entirely separate entity from the Georgia Department of Community Health.

“Those who would be speaking at the hearing would be representatives from the proposed hospital and those who have signed on to the process,”Greg Wright, president of the Coweta County Development Authority, told the authority members at the April 3 meeting. “They would be giving their testimony on why the Certificate of Need should be approved. The recommendation of the hearing officer then goes to the commissioner for a final action.”

US Healthvest has been appreciative of the support it as received – from the letters of support written from members of the local community to the continued support from both the city of Newnan and Coweta County, Wright stated.

In other business, along with the news of the appeal hearing, the Development Authority also voted on the project agreement and bond resolution for Niagara Bottling project. The proposed 450,000-square-foot facility, expected for completion late 2014 in Shenandoah Industrial Park, will start with one production line, committing to 41 employees and representing a 50 million dollar investment.

The multi-party project agreement with the development authority includes the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority, the Coweta County Board of Tax Assessors, Niagara Bottling and Shenandoah Park Properties.

The bond resolution for Niagara Bottling and Shenandoah Park Properties also passed unanimously.

The company requested an issuance of a $52 million bond that can go up to as much as $150 million. Both the project agreement and bond resolutions were unanimously passed.

Representing Niagara Bottling at the meeting was Derieth Sutton, economic development and government relations manager.

“I will tell you that I’m in a lot of communities throughout the year looking for potential, new locations. It is not often that we come into a community and find that the synergies come together, but it’s absolutely something we look for,” Sutton said. “We look for communities where business, industry and government can work together and we love that kind of synergy and responsiveness that we see here in Coweta County.”



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