HCA, Nashville, and MediCorp Health System, Fredericksburg, Va., plan to file competing certificate-of-public-need requests with Virginia to build new hospitals outside of Fredericksburg. HCA said it plans to file a request in January to build a full-service hospital with an emergency department, critical-care beds and diagnostic imaging facilities. A spokesman said the company had not determined the size and cost of the project. MediCorp, which owns 408-bed Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg and a psychiatric hospital, intends to submit a letter of intent for a COPN by Dec. 1. The system plans to build a 100-bed hospital just north of Fredericksburg at a total project cost, including equipment, of $100 million to $140 million, said Walter Kiwall, MediCorp's executive vice president and chief operating officer. -- by Vince Galloro
HCA, MediCorp vying to build new hospital in Va.
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