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ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Lee County commissioners say they plan to move forward with the proposed Lee County Medical Center despite challenges to its state-issued Certificate of Need.

WALB-TV reports the hospital’s Certificate of Need was approved by the Georgia Department of Community Health last year. It has since been challenged by Crisp Regional Health Services, Dougherty County Commission and Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals. Crisp Regional was the only approved group to oppose the certificate, and it withdrew its opposition on April 20.

Georgia Alliance of Community and Dougherty County were both suing the Department of Health for issuing the certificate. But Lee County commissioners say the alliance dropped its lawsuit on Tuesday. Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas says his county filed the lawsuit last week to protect county citizens.

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Information from: WALB-TV, http://www.walb.com/