Virginia rejected a proposal by HCA, Nashville, to build a new 180-bed hospital in the northern part of the state, citing "harmful competition and unnecessary duplication." Broadlands Regional Medical Center would have replaced two other HCA hospitals. Loudoun Hospital Center, Leesburg, Va., located five miles from the proposed site, argued a new hospital in the area would raise healthcare costs by creating excessive competition for healthcare professionals and patients. HCA has not decided whether to appeal the decision. Meanwhile, Loudoun and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax, Va., were denied certificates of need to add inpatient beds. -- by Tony Fong
HCA loses bid to build new Va. hospital
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