HCA, Nashville, dropped its 4-year-old legal challenge of a new hospital project in Richmond, Va. Bon Secours Richmond Health System will resume construction on its 130-bed St. Francis Medical Center in fall. The $75 million facility is expected to be completed in spring 2005. The state approved the facility in 1999. HCA, which operates two hospital campuses near the St. Francis site, challenged the decision, saying the state's certificate-of-public-need guidelines had not been applied uniformly and fairly. A Virginia court agreed and returned the case to state regulators for reconsideration. Last month the state reauthorized the project but set aside three standards in doing so. -- by Tony Fong
HCA ends challenge of new Va. hospital
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