Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration has granted a certificate of need to build a hospital in the Jacksonville metro area—effectively the second such decision in six months' time—this one to an HCA-owned subsidiary for a new hospital in western Duval County.
HCA subsidiary receives CON for Fla. hospital
HCA's Memorial Health intends to name the new 85-bed hospital West Jacksonville Medical Center. Construction will cost up to $130 million, and the hospital is expected to open sometime in 2012, HCA told the state regulators.
The new for-profit, acute-care hospital will include an emergency department, cardiac catheterization laboratory, obstetrical unit and other standard departments along with a 200,000-square-foot medical-office building. The three-story hospital will be built to support an additional three floors for future expansion, according to an HCA Web site.
Earlier this year, 162-hospital HCA, based in Nashville, lost a four-year legal battle to construct another hospital in Clay County, southwest of the city. The certificate of need in that case was eventually awarded to 75-hospital Roman Catholic not-for-profit Ascension Health after lawsuits left the decision in the hands of appeals judges.
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