A judge rejected a coalition of hospitals' legal bid to block construction projects by Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, and St. John Health, Warren, Mich. The decision by Oakland County (Mich.) Circuit Judge James Giddings will allow Henry Ford to break ground by year-end on a $250 million hospital in West Bloomfield, Mich., and St. John Health to start work next year on a $150 million project in Novi, Mich. Both expansion projects involve transferring beds to new facilities in the growing western suburbs of Detroit. A new state law allows Henry Ford, St. John and the Detroit Medical Center to transfer up to 300 beds to existing suburban locations without certificate-of-need approval. In a pending lawsuit, the coalition of competing hospitals has challenged the exemption's constitutionality. -- by Michael Romano
Judge won't block Mich. systems' expansion plans
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