GEO Care, Bacon Raton, Fla., has been awarded a contract from the New Mexico Health Department to manage 230-bed Fort Bayard (N.M.) Medical Center, a long-term-care facility, while Iowa is considering five certificate-of-need applications for long-term-acute-care hospitals. Fort Bayard includes a skilled-nursing facility, an intermediate-care unit and a chemical-dependency center. The state and GEO Care plan to develop a $30 million replacement facility expected to be completed by Jan. 1, 2008. The company currently operates three other long-term-care and behavioral-health facilities.
LTAC operators Select Medical Corp., Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Regency Hospital Co., Alpharetta, Ga., have each filed two CON applications to build freestanding LTAC facilities in Iowa and 374-bed St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also filed an application to renovate existing space for 20 LTAC beds at a cost of $3.6 million. Select Medical is seeking to build two $16 million, 50-bed LTAC facilities in Polk and Johnson counties. Regency is seeking to build a 44-bed LTAC facility in Johnson County for $10.4 million and a 60-bed LTAC facility in Polk County for $11.4 million. Earlier this year, Iowa approved a CON for Select Medical to build a 50-bed LTAC in Davenport, which would be the state's first LTAC. -- by Joseph Mantone