According to DCH documents, Kennestone Hospital filed the letter of intent on Oct. 25.
“Thirty days before you apply for a certificate of need, you have to file a letter of intent,” WellStar spokesman Keith Bowermaster said Friday.
Bowermaster declined to comment specifically on the hospital’s latest filing, citing hospital policy.
Kennestone must submit an application for a certificate of need on Nov. 26.
DCH documents indicate that the project’s cost is estimated at $23 million. According to these documents, the surgery center is proposed for 145 North Medical Parkway, an area off Towne Lake Parkway that is already home to several medical offices.
In October Northside Hospital-Cherokee broke ground on a new 100,817-square-foot, four-story medical office building on Towne Lake Parkway at Interstate 575.
In May, WellStar Health System dropped its objection to Northside Hospital‘s plans to replace its Canton hospital with a new facility at Interstate 575 and Highway 20.
The DCH upheld in May Northside‘s plans to relocate the replacement hospital from its location on Hospital Road to a 100-acre tract behind Canton Marketplace.
The department upheld a ruling by a hearing officer in February that Northside did not need a certificate of need to move forward with those plans, striking down WellStar’s contention that it did.