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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.

HOUS­TON—

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.

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