For the second time, the certificate of need that HCA has been awarded to build a 56-bed hospital in Spring Hill, Tenn., has been overturned. In her ruling, Davidson County Chancery Court Judge Claudia Bonnyman said the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency “made a clear error in judgment.”
Judge overturns CON for HCA facility in Tenn.
The new hospital has been opposed by 108-bed Williamson Medical Center and 175-bed Maury Regional Hospital, both in Franklin. When approval was first granted in July 2006 (Premium subscription required), HCA estimated the $103.6 million hospital would open by 2010. In October 2007, an administrative law judge conducted a hearing and overturned the decision. The CON was reinstated last year by the state Health Services and Development Agency board.
HCA can still appeal the decision and said it was still reviewing the latest court order. “We are extremely disappointed that the Chancery Court of Tennessee has not agreed with the decision made twice by the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency to grant the certificate of need for the Spring Hill Hospital,” an e-mail attributed to Tim Scarvey, vice president of strategic business development for HCA's TriStar Division, said.
Spring Hill, located about 35 miles from downtown Nashville, has a population of about 23,500 according to a special 2007 census, compared with just over 7,100 in 2000.
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