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Eastside Medical's Satellite ER Facility Denied Certificate of Need

Georgia Department of Community Health, which regulates healthcare facilities, finds the proposal not does meet the criteria applicable to the issuance of Certificate of Need.

Eastside Medical's proposed free-standing ER in Loganville, which came up against some opposition by a grass-roots community effort as well as Clearview Medical in Monroe, was denied the Certificate of Need (CON) which would allow the project to move forward.

The Georgia Department of Community Health notified Eastside of their decision in a letter dated Dec. 19 based on their evaluation dated that same day. The planned auxiliary ER would include one trauma room, two secured exam rooms, one isolation room, seven general exam rooms, and one decontamination room along with the the necessary space to support the staff and patients. Eastside cited the need to "improve access" to emergency health services for the Loganville area. 

The evaluation found that the project failed to meet the criteria that would provide area residents with services they do not currently have with existing facilities at Eastside Medical in Snellville and Clearview Medical in Monroe. 

In the application for the CON, it was stated that "... Eastside's decision to locate the free standing emergency department in Loganville was protective in nature, designed to improve local access to a vital community service while securing its position as the hospital of choice in a key geographic area and protect its market share." The board found this statement appeared to "address a business goal, rather than a patient or commmunity need for services," and felt that the project would not have a "positive impact on the health care delivery system in the service area.

Drew Tyrer, Associate Chief Operating Officer for Eastside Medical Center expressed his disappointment with the decision. "We appreciate all of the valuable support that we garnered from many Loganville residents over the past few months as we shared our plans with the community. Without a doubt, we will remain committed to the Loganville community as we continue providing a wealth of healthcare services to the residents."

Eastside Medical plans to "stay the course" and will be evaluating their options. They have a 30 day window in which to file an appeal. 

 


David Binder December 29, 2012 at 09:20 AM
I'm disappointed too. I was hoping this project would be approved. Anything that provides emergency care for the area would be a clear benefit to our lifestyle. I guess when it comes down to it, Eastside vs Clearview, it's all about the almighty dollar. It seems to me that Clearview is more concerned with losing patient revenue than interest in patient care.
Kim Roberto December 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM
I'm very disappointed in this decision. Any medical facility closer to home would be an added benefit to our community. I hope they can come up with another option that will work in our area.
Frank Patton December 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Why do we allow government to tell us what we need. This is a pure example of how a business can use the government to protect a monopoly. Yes hospitals are a business. This project would have been an asset to the community but to protect the profits of 1 existing business another one is blocked. Land of the free huh?
gail buell March 03, 2013 at 04:41 PM
This ER would be a Level 1 Trauma Center, meaning that any serious medical issue, such as a stroke or heart attack, would go direcly to an area hospital, of which there are 2 within a 9 -12 mile radius of Loganville. This is purely a 24 hour walk-in facility that would be nestled in the midst of a residential area on an already extremely busy 2 lane highway.
gail buell March 03, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Eastside has filed an appeal, which will be heard within the next few months.

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