St. Dominic Health Services, Jackson, Miss., has won preliminary approval to build a 50-bed hospital in Madison County. The preliminary recommendation on the certificate of need will be reviewed next month by State Health Officer Brian Amy of the Mississippi State Department of Public Health. St. Dominic, whose flagship is the 571-bed St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital in Jackson, asked the state for permission to build a $35 million, 100-bed facility in the growing community about 10 miles north of its current location. That was cut in half on Tuesday by hearing officer David Scott. If the state gives final approval to the project, St. Dominic's new hospital will compete with Madison County Medical Center, a 67-bed facility operated under a lease agreement with the county by Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla. Barry Plunkett, St. Dominic's senior vice president for market development and corporate communications, said the hospital has no date for groundbreaking because considerable design work remains if the hearing officer gives his approval. -- by Michael Romano
Miss. hospital receives preliminary OK
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