The state of Florida last week approved a plan by Tenet Healthcare Corp. and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation to build a new hospital in a growing area of Broward County, Fla., but not without appeasing a competitor that gets to add new beds to its own hospitals.
After a nearly two-year dispute, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration approved the certificate-of-need application of Tenet and the clinic to build a 150-bed, $80 million hospital in Weston, Fla.
The agency also approved the CON application of Hollywood, Fla.-based Memorial Healthcare System to add 36 new beds to Memorial Hospital West, its existing 110-bed facility in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Pembroke Pines is about 12 miles southeast of Weston. Both are just west of Fort Lauderdale near Florida's Atlantic Coast.
Memorial had opposed the CON application of Tenet and Cleveland Clinic, but under an agreement reached last week, Memorial dropped its opposition in exchange for approval of its own expansion project.
The new hospital to be built in Weston is the result of a July 1995 joint venture between Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Tenet and Cleveland Clinic. Under the deal, Tenet and the clinic will co-own the hospital, and Tenet will manage its day-to-day operations. The hospital, scheduled to open Jan. 1, 2000, will bear the clinic's name, but will become part of 14-hospital Tenet South Florida HealthSystem.