Hospitals seek new facility in Columbia County

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Three hospitals are seeking to build a new facility in growing Columbia County.

University Hospital has taken a step in that effort by filing a letter of intent with state officials seeking to build a 100-bed hospital. The Augusta Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1mmOnwy ) reports it would cost roughly $144 million.

University Hospital is one of three networks hoping to build a new facility in fast-growing Columbia County. Doctors Hospital and Georgia Regents Health System also submitted proposals to the county commission.

County officials plan to partner with whichever hospital gets the required certification from state officials.

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Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com