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County to get more medical offices

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By Alice Du Pont

There may soon be specialist physicians coming to Gadsden County because the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners, during their May 21 regular meeting, approved a $155,000 amendment. The money will be used to add 1,200 square feet for physicians’ office space to the existing Gadsden Campus of Capital Regional Medical Center.

CRMC would be the construction manager of the addition. County Administrator Robert Presnell said he felt the company’s agreement to not exceed the approved amount of $155,000 was insurance for the county.

 

“It’s good for us because if they exceed that amount, we will not have to be responsible for anything over that,” Presnell said.

 

CRMC also agreed to purchase and maintain all of the furnishings, equipment and supplies for the doctors as well as pay the county $1,000 per month in rental fees.

 

Commissioner Eric Hinson said he felt the construction should be sent out for bids, with local contractors getting preference.

 

“I have a hard time looking people in the face if they have not been given the opportunity to make a bid,” he said.

Clyde Collins, who is the county’s building official, said he also supported CRMC because the construction needs to be approved by the Agency for Health Care Administration, which has strict guidelines when it comes to hospital construction.