By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
Ty Cobb Healthcare has announced plans for what was Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Ty Cobb CEO Greg Hearn told the Royston City Council and Mayor David Jordan Ty Cobb Healthcare plans put a behavioral health unit there that would create 50-60 new jobs.
“As you know, we’ve been concerned about the existing hospital building here and we’ve been working hard to bring some activities back into that building,” Hearn said. “We’ve recently submitted a letter to the State informing them that we plan to apply for a certificate of need for a behavioral health unit to be housed in that building.”
Hearn told the board a separate company that specializes in behavioral health will run the facility, but Ty Cobb Healthcare will provide maintenance and other services, such as dietary services and environmental services.
According to Hearn, the behavioral health unit would offer an in-patient substance abuse program for first offenders and he emphasized the unit would not be treating any serious drug offenders or the criminally insane.
Once Ty Cobb receives the CON, Hearn said they would then apply for financing to pay for the $1.8 million in renovations the building would need.
Hearn said there has long been a need in our area for this kind of facility.
“Our area has long needed this type of facility,” Hearn told the city council. “If you’re in law enforcement or healthcare you know we have a very difficult time placing these types of patients. This will provide a facility here that we can use and we will give top priority to local citizens.”
Hearn said it would take approximately 120 days from the time the State receives the CON application to approval.
He said construction would then start sometime in 2014.