Continuing a long-running certificate-of-need dispute, Fairmont (W.Va.) General Hospital said it will file an appeal by Friday on an administrative law judge's recent ruling upholding CON approval of a $265 million replacement facility for United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, W.Va. The replacement facility is 15 miles from United Hospital's current location and about five miles from the border of Marion County, where Fairmont General is located. The dispute dates back to at least 2002, when Fairmont General rejected a proposal that it combine with United Hospital in a joint replacement facility. Instead, Fairmont General agreed to a long-term lease with Triad Hospitals, under which Triad would build it a separate, $75 million replacement facility. Triad backed out of the deal after United Hospital won CON approval, saying it didn't expect both projects to clear the CON board; Fairmont General's proposal was rejected. -- by Susanna Moon
W.Va. hospital to appeal ruling upholding CON
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