JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.—
Mountain States Health Alliance said it has won certificateof-need approval to build a $69 million surgery center on the campus of its 475-bed Johnson City Medical Center. The surgery center’s 16 operating rooms will replace the 15 operating rooms
OLIVE BRANCH, Miss.—
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Memphis, Tenn., will build a 100-bed hospital in Olive Branch after receiving a certificate of need from the Mississippi Health Department. The certificate allows for a project cost of $137.1 million and includes authorization to offer open-heart surgery and therapeutic cardiac catheterization services, according to the health department. The certificate also lists requirements for treating charity and Medicaid patients, providing trauma services, being an in-network provider in state and school employee health plans and providing outpatient services in adjacent counties that do not have a hospital. Methodist expects to complete planning for the hospital in a few months and begin construction early in 2011, with a two-year construction time line. Memphis-based Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., which previously requested a hearing on Methodist’s proposal, said in a written statement that it is studying the CON decision. Any appeal of the decision must be filed in Mississippi chancery court within 20 days of the health department’s ruling, according to Methodist.
Rehabilitation provider HealthSouth Corp. plans to add to its growing presence in Texas with the construction of a 40-bed hospital in northwest Houston, the Birmingham, Ala.based company said. The facility is scheduled to break ground in the fourth quarter of 2010 on 6 acres under contract in the Cypress area of Houston. The announcement comes on the heels of news of the company’s definitive agreement to buy Sugar Land (Texas) Rehabilitation Hospital, a 35-bed inpatient facility in southwest Houston. The new Houston hospitals would add to 13 rehabilitation hospitals HealthSouth operates throughout Texas, along with one long-term, acute-care hospital.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said last month that it plans to cut its administrative costs by 20% as part of its response to healthcare reform. But a spokesman for the not-for-profit Blues plan said healthcare cost inflation must be addressed, too. The North Carolina Blues spent $341.3 million on general administrative expenses in 2009, according to its annual filing with the
The Johnson City Medical Center surgery campus is in the planning stage.