Tennessee certificate-of-need regulators will have to rule on another proposal to build a second hospital in Williamson County, a bedroom community south of Nashville. A physician-led venture, Diversified Specialty Institutes, Nashville, is proposing a new $32.9 million, 24-bed hospital in Franklin, Tenn., that would focus on breast cancer and obesity patients, according to a summary of the project by the state Health Services and Development Agency. The hospital would include an emergency room. Because of the ER, the facility would qualify as a general hospital under Tennessee law. The county's other hospital, Williamson Medical Center, Franklin, and St. Thomas Health System, Nashville, oppose the project, according to a published report. The CON board turned down a $42.7 million application for a 40-bed community hospital in neighboring Brentwood, Tenn., in August. The board is scheduled to hear a presentation on the DSI proposal July 28. -- by Vince Galloro
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