A 2-year-old ambulatory surgery center in a St. Louis suburb has withdrawn its effort to become Missouris first specialty hospital in the wake of opposition from full-service hospitals in the area. The St. Louis Surgical Center, Creve Coeur, withdrew its application earlier this week seeking approval from the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee, which must endorse all hospital projects of $1 million or more under the states certificate-of-need program.
The surgical hospital, which has five operating rooms, sought permission to expand into a specialty hospital with nine patient rooms and seven operating rooms at a cost of about $10.5 million, according to reports and regulators. Officials with the surgical facility were not available for comment.
Tom Piper, director of the states CON program, said officials with the facility initially requested a postponement of a CON hearing that was scheduled to be held on Monday. After the committee voted to deny the extension, the facility withdrew its application. They then filed a required letter of intent indicating their plans to re-file the CON application, but later withdrew that request as well, Piper said.
We dont know where theyre going or what theyre doing, Piper said. We do know there are a lot of questions.
He said there is an implication that officials with the surgery center are now negotiating with an unidentified third partypresumably a local hospital or healthcare system. Piper said a partnership of that type would likely make any future application more palatable to regulators. -- by Michael Romano