Presbyterian Healthcare and Carolinas HealthCare System, both based in Charlotte, N.C., are competing to build an outpatient surgery center in Union County, N.C., the state Department of Health and Human Services said. North Carolina's 2005 State Medical Facilities Plan identified a need for an additional operating room in the area. Presbyterian proposed a $4.7 million surgery center in Monroe with one operating room. Union Regional Medical Center, a Carolinas hospital, proposed a $4.8 million center in Indian Trail with two operating rooms. A hearing on the proposals is scheduled for Sept. 14. Presbyterian spokesman Kevin McCarthy said hospital officials believe that the more centrally located facility in Monroe would offer better service for the entire county. Carolinas officials didn't return a phone call for comment. -- by Paul Barr
N.C. systems battle for right to build surgery center
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