Georgia approves new Ringgold hospital plan
CHI Memorial is building it, Parkridge challenged it
UPDATE: We asked Parkridge Health System officials is they had plans for any future challenges to the project and they responded with this statement:
“Parkridge Health is committed to providing the highest quality healthcare to all patients we serve. We will continue to support and care for the Georgia community, as we have done for close to 50 years.”
RINGGOLD, Georgia (WDEF) – Despite a challenge from a rival, the state of Georgia has approved a certificate of need to build a new hospital in the Ringgold area.
CHI Memorial plans to build the new hospital down Battlefield Parkway to replace the old one that used to be Hutcheson in Fort Oglethorpe.
Parkridge Medical Center had challenged the move as unnecessary and infringing on their medical territory.
“On behalf of the people of Northwest Georgia, we are thrilled with this decision,” shared Andrew McGill, CHI Memorial chief strategist. “CHI Memorial has been committed to this community for nearly 25 years, and this is the next step to ensure the residents have convenient access to care close to home.”
CHI Memorial took over the license at the old Hutcheson at the end of 2017.
The new hospital is three and a half miles away, but required approval from the Georgia Department of Community Health which regulates medical territories.
After today’s ruling, CHI Memorial says they can finalize their plans and prepare for a groundbreaking this fall.
They hope to open the new facility in late 2024.
The new Ringgold hospital will have 64 beds, and ICU, and full service emergency department, operating rooms and endoscopy lab.