York (Maine) Hospital and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover, N.H., have filed a lawsuit challenging a Maine Department of Human Services decision allowing competitors to build a cancer treatment center in the southern part of the state. The lawsuit, filed in Kennebec County Superior Court, Augusta, requests a review of the department's decision giving 557-bed Maine Medical Center, Portland, and 116-bed Southern Maine Medical Center, Biddeford, permission to build the new center in York County. York Hospital and Wentworth-Douglass also competed for a certificate of need for a cancer center. A York spokesman said the health department's selection process was "legally questionable and very biased" and that York and Wentworth-Douglass were "held to different standards" than the other hospitals. At deadline, health department officials could not be reached for comment. A spokesman for Maine Medical said the legal challenge will unnecessarily delay bringing an important service to area residents. "We are proceeding until we have a reason not to," the spokesman said. -- by Jeff Tieman
Hospitals file suit over Maine cancer center
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