The second of three Augusta hospitals vying to build a hospital in Columbia County formally filed for permission to do so Thursday.
Georgia Regents Medical Center filed the required certificate of need to build a $195 million teaching hospital in Grovetown. University Hospital turned in its application in late May, and Doctors Hospital is on track to submit one as well.
The proposed Georgia Regents hospital campus would be built on 50 acres near the Lewiston Road exit on Interstate 20 next to 5010 Steiner Way, according to a news release. The 300,000-square-foot facility would provide 699 jobs.
Columbia County is the state’s largest county without a hospital. The Columbia County Commission voted in March to work with whichever hospital can obtain a certificate of need.
In addition to a hospital with teaching and education space, Georgia Regents plans to later expand its proposed Columbia County campus by adding a medical office building with outpatient services.
Shawn Vincent, the senior vice president of partnerships, international healthcare and strategic affiliations for Georgia Regents, said the state-of-the-art hospital would provide advanced healthcare technology for patients and students.
“By leveraging health care and IT solutions that some of our partners have not yet made widely available, Columbia County could soon lay claim to the most technologically advanced hospital in the nation,” Vincent said in the news release.
The hospital would include 24 intensive care unit beds, 76 medical/surgical beds and “smart room” technology for all rooms. It would have a level two trauma center and an emergency department.
Georgia Regents said a Columbia County hospital would create opportunities to train more than 100 additional medical students and 200 undergraduate and graduate level nursing students.
If Georgia Regents obtains a building permit by February 2016, hospital construction would be complete in March 2018.