Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration rejected separate proposals by St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa, Fla., and national hospital chain HCA to build hospitals in Riverview, Fla. Regulators said neither St. Joseph's nor HCA demonstrated the need for a new Tampa-area hospital, given an average hospital occupancy of 64% in the area and the ability of existing facilities to expand. The rejections can be challenged before an administrative law judge within 21 days of their official publication July 1, an agency spokesman said. Not-for-profit St. Joseph's proposed transferring 90 of its 883 beds to a new $120.5 million acute-care hospital. HCA wanted to transfer 80 beds from its 298-bed Blake Medical Center, Bradenton, Fla., to a new $111.7 million hospital. Officials from St. Joseph's and HCA had not returned calls at deadline. -- by Melanie Evans
Fla. rejects proposals for new hospitals near Tampa
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