UAB Health System, Birmingham, Ala., will reapply for state certificate-of-need approval for a new facility specializing in high-risk obstetrics after Children's Health System, its partner in the project, said it could only afford to contribute the cost of a bridge linking Children's Hospital to the facility. State regulators approved the $111 million, seven-story women's and infants' facility as a joint project in December 2003. Groundbreaking had been planned for sometime this month, with the facility to open in two years. UAB spokesman Gary Mans said it will take several months to win a second CON, but system officials did not anticipate problems. "Children's informed us they did not believe they would be able to contribute to the construction of a facility," David Hoidal, UAB's chief executive officer, said in a news release. "Nevertheless, we must replace our facilities currently used for women's and infants' care with state-of-the-art facilities that will enable us to continue to provide nationally recognized, high-quality programs and services." -- by Michael Romano
Ala. system loses partner in obstetrics facility
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