Hernando County (Fla.) commissioners voted to ask HCA, Nashville, to end a dispute between HCA's 204-bed Oak Hill Hospital and 91-bed Brooksville (Fla.) Regional Hospital, both based in Brooksville. HCA Health Services of Florida, which runs Oak Hill, has appealed the state's decision to award a certificate of need to a replacement hospital for Brooksville Regional, saying the facility would be too close to Oak Hill and inconvenient for residents on the county's east side. The state Agency for Healthcare Administration is reviewing the appeal and is scheduled to reach a decision by November. Earlier this year, commissioners passed a resolution imploring Oak Hill to drop the appeal. "We would certainly like a new hospital because competition is good," Hernando County Administrator Richard Radacky said. "The hospital Brooksville Regional is in is getting old." -- by Patrick Reilly
Fla. county asks HCA to end CON dispute
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