A $20 million physician-owned hospital inClarksville , Ind. , received planning commission approval after a federal judge last year overturned a protective county law. Construction on the 60-bed Kentuckiana Medical Center , a general acute-care hospital, is expected to begin soon. The for-profit hospital, owned by 25 physicians, is scheduled to open within two years. At least five Indiana counties had passed moratoriums or local certificate-of-need laws restricting hospital projects after physicians proposed building facilities that would compete with local hospitals. Federal judges struck the laws last year. Sharon Wilson, planning director of Clarksville , said Kentuckiana Medical will pay between $10 million and $11 million in property taxes annually.
Ind. doc-owned hospital gets go-ahead
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