Investor-owned Healthcare Management Directions (HMD) said it will propose building a small community hospital in its corporate hometown of Brentwood, Tenn. The hospital, which would be the first for the privately held company, will have no more than 50 beds and is expected to cost roughly $40 million, spokesman David Jarard said. The project will require certificate-of-need approval from the state, and HMD expects to file an application soon, Jarard said. The nearest acute-care hospital is 126-bed Williamson Medical Center, Franklin, Tenn., owned by Williamson County. Dennis Miller, Williamson's CEO, said the HMD proposal amounts to "cherry picking." Based on the announced plans, "they don't have any of the less profitable service lines," such as obstetrics, Miller said. He said he expects to recommend opposing the CON application to his board. -- by Vince Galloro
Firm plans small hospital for Brentwood, Tenn.
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