Saint Luke's Health System, Kansas City, Mo., has won a legal fight to build a 52-bed hospital in suburban Lees Summit over the objections of the Missouri Health Review Committee. The eight-hospital system expects to spend about $87 million on a new campus that will include a medical office building and a diagnostic center. It is expected to open in 2005. Tom Piper, director of the state review committee, said he will recommend the group appeal the decision when it meets March 31.
Meanwhile, 371-bed Roper Hospital, Charleston, S.C., also faces restrictions from state officials in its plans for a major expansion. Roper won approval earlier this week for a $71 million expansion project that does not add any new beds, but the hospital was barred from building new outpatient operating rooms without further approval from the Department of Health and Environmental Control. The hospital's first bid for a certificate of need was denied in January because state officials objected to a plan for four outpatient operating rooms. -- by Michael Romano