November 12, 2013
HOSPICE --COMING SOON? NO BUILDING PERMIT & TAXES DUE
November 12, 2013
The sign for
Agape Hospice on Eatonton Street (Hwy 16 E) has been in place for two years
On October 7,
2011 there was a ground breaking for the Hospice with Mayor Standifer, Rep.
Susan Holmes, and Development Authority Executive Director David Dyer
participating along with several foreign investors. It was reported the business would be open in
about a year.
Today the Hospice
appears to look just about the same as it did a year ago.
In December 2012,
“a number of community leaders, including commissioners-elect, city council
persons, and others” met with Dr. Peter Lee of Doctor’s Hospice at the home of
Susan Holmes. The “discussion” centered
on the Hospice and its completion.
At that meeting
the “community leaders wanted answers” and were told that there was a hold up
with paperwork for the foreign investors.
They were also told that there was not enough need to justify the
staffing of the building. Rep. Holmes
suggested that they meet again in March 2013 to plan a grand opening.
See article here
There has been no
grand opening and there has been no activity on this site.
As of November 5,
2013, there is no current building permit and the property taxes in the amount
of $890.96 have not been paid.
July 2011, while the Development Authority was wooing Doctor’s Hospice, serious
allegations had been filed against it.
“In one case last year, a Fayetteville hospice organization faced having
its permit revoked after Georgia
regulators flagged the company for the state’s most serious violations
— including two that either caused death or serious physical or emotional
harm or posed an ”imminent and serious threat’’ to a patient.” “Doctor’s Hospice of Georgia, with more than
20 locations in the state, is under a
state probationary period for a year after regulators found serious violations
connected with its Rome and Fayetteville operations. The company agreed
to pay a fine in a consent agreement, but the agreement did not revoke its
permit, as had been threatened, and the company did not admit to violations in
the most serious category.” See more at:
Putnam County has
a hospice building in the same state of completion near Putnam General Hospital
on Hwy 44. The hospice is also owned by the same company. There is
also a similar scene with a partially completed hospice in Stockbridge,
GA. The fact that they have so
many locations sitting half built should be a red flag to the communities in
which they are located.
Our community leaders may need to start realizing that it appears “coming
soon” isn’t any time in the near future, if ever.