Surgical Development Group, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., plans to build a $55 million, 60-bed hospital in the fast-growing desert resort town. Construction of the not-for-profit hospital, to be named Havasu Community Healthcare System, is expected to be completed in 2005. The new two-story facility will be built adjacent to the company's existing Havasu Surgery Center and will compete directly with the area's only other hospital, 138-bed Havasu Regional Medical Center. Last year, doctor-owned Surgical Development filed -- and later dropped -- a lawsuit against Havasu Regional and its parent, Province Healthcare Co., accusing them of trying to monopolize the local outpatient surgery market. "We are bringing Havasu-area residents something they haven't seen in decades -- a choice in local hospital care," Surgical Development CEO Brent Cherne said. -- by Laura B. Benko
Doc-owned firm plans to compete with local hospital
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