Two health systems received separate certificate-of-need approvals to build hospitals in Florida, and at least one of the CONs is going to be opposed in court.
Fla. agency approves two CON requests; Tenet's plans face challenge
Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration granted approval to Tenet Healthcare, Dallas, to build an 80-bed acute-care hospital in Palm Beach Gardens, a move that will be opposed in court by 283-bed Jupiter (Fla.) Medical Center, according to John Couris, president and CEO of Jupiter. He said the bottom-line reason why they will fight it in state court—per the CON process—is because they believe the hospital would bring a duplication of services in a region that already is under-capacity, Couris said.
He also said that descriptions of the proposed hospital as an academic medical center are incorrect. “It is not a teaching and research hospital,” Couris said. The hospital would be built and run with the assistance of nearby Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, and Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, which has a campus also nearby, according to the CON decision.
Tenet officials declined to comment on Couris' opinion of the project, but they look forward to continuing the CON process, said spokeswoman Rebecca Ayer.
The AHCA also gave approval to 579-bed Shands Jacksonville (Fla.) Medical Center to build a 100-bed acute care hospital in northern Jacksonville. That CON was opposed by 425-bed Memorial Hospital Jacksonville, part of HCA.
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