Two hospitals in nearby cities have objected to a psychiatric hospital planned for Walton County.
The Certificate of Need for a psychiatric hospital and abuse treatment center in Monroe by Vest Monroe, LLC was approved on June 27, 2014. However, the project is on hold at the moment pending the outcome of an appeal by two other facilities in the area. SummitRidge Behavioral Hospital in Lawrenceville and Eastside Medical Center in Snellville have lodged appeals with the Georgia Department of Community Health. The appeals were filed on July 25, 2014 and at this time no date has been set for the appeals to be heard.
The original application was for a 70-bed acute care psychiatric and substance abuse inpatient treatment program catering to all ages. It had the support of the Monroe City Council and was to be built on property at 320 Georgia Avenue in Monroe. It would serve patients in Walton, Barrow, Clarke, Greene, Morgan, Newton, Oglethorpe, Oconee and Rockdale counties.
Some local residents have questioned why the old hospital on Breedlove Road was not considered for this hospital. It has been standing empty for the last two years since Clearview Regional Medical Center, formerly Walton Medical Center, relocated to the new site on Spring Street.
Officials with Vest Monroe, the company holding the CON for this new psychiatric hospital, have not commented on whether there is a possibility that this could still be an option. Monroe Local News is still waiting on a call back from an official with the company.
Emily Russell, Marketing and Business Development Manger with Clearview, said the company had originally enquired about the old hospital building, but she said at the time they said it didn’t meet their needs. About the possibility of Monroe Vest reconsidering the hospital, Russell would only say that at the moment the hospital is still up for sale.