GOOCHLAND, Va.HCA Richmond (Va.) Health System said it filed a letter of intent with state regulators to build a 100-bed hospital in the West Creek Corporate Center in Goochland, a western suburb of Richmond. The full application for a certificate of need is expected to be filed in January. The proposal also calls for eight operating rooms, a cardiac catheterization laboratory and CT, MRI and PET/CT imaging services.
POINCIANA, Fla.The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration granted a preliminary approval to 235-bed Osceola Regional Medical Center, Kissimmee, for a certificate of need to build a 60-bed hospital in Poinciana. The construction and equipping of the hospital is estimated to cost $114 million. Osceola Regional is owned by HCA, Nashville. Osceola Regional had a similar application turned down by state agency last year. Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla., withdrew its proposal for a Poinciana hospital in October. HMA submitted a consultants report that contended that there is not sufficient evidence that Poinciana can support a hospital. HMA also submitted comments against the proposal by officials from two nearby HMA-owned hospitals, 68-bed St. Cloud (Fla.) Hospital and 142-bed Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, Davenport. HMA officials could not be reached at deadline. The preliminary approval can be appealed within 21 days of its Dec. 14 issuing.
RICHMOND, Va.Gov. Timothy Kaine proposed to invest $25.5 million over the next two years to expand the healthcare safety net for the uninsured. Funding for these proposals would apply to the next biennial budget cycle beginning in July 2008. Virginias General Assembly will be taking up Kaines proposed healthcare expansions in January. One in seven Virginians still lack health insurance because their employers dont provide it or because they cannot afford it, Kaine said in a news release. As part of his initiative to cover the uninsured, Kaine is calling for additional funding for community-based safety net providers to stabilize their operations, expand access to healthcare services and coordinate services for uninsured citizens. An increase of $5 million each year would go to the Virginia Community Healthcare Association, Virginia Association of Free Clinics and the Virginia Health Care Foundation, under the proposal.
ATLANTAEmory University Hospital, part of Emory Healthcare, agreed to purchase the former Northlake Hospital in DeKalb County. The 120-bed facility will help ease the need for additional patient-care space, 512-bed Emory said in a written statement. The hospital is currently operating two beds in the Northlake facility, as the minimum required under licensing and certification regulations, an Emory spokesman said. There is no set date to open the rest of the hospital, or when the purchase agreement will be completed. The new hospital will be named Emory University Hospital Northlake and eventually will provide a complement of medical services including diagnostic services and inpatient-care support services.