Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines filed a preliminary application with West Des Moines, Iowa, to replace one of the 561-bed hospital's two Des Moines campuses. The proposal would close Mercy Capitol, which is licensed for 226 beds, and move 75 beds to 100 beds to a new $80 million facility in the western suburb, according to initial cost estimates, said Laura VandenBosch, a Mercy spokeswoman. West Des Moines and Mercy officials are expected to meet Tuesday to discuss information needed for a final application, said Clyde Evans, West Des Moines' community development director. The final application must then be reviewed by city zoning officials and approved by the city council, Evans said. Iowa's certificate-of-need law does not apply because construction would not move beds to another county, he said. -- by Melanie Evans
Iowa hospital plans $80 million replacement campus
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