Officer: No CON for St. Dominic Madison hospital

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Published: August 6,2010

Tags: certificate of need

An administrative hearing officer is recommending St. Dominic Hospital not be allowed to build a new, $121 million hospital in Madison County, where it would transfer 71 of its existing beds.

The recommendation from administrative law judge Cassandra B. Walter, which was released yesterday, says St. Dominic’s hasn’t justified its case for a certificate of need (CON) from the state Department of Health.

 

St. Dominic’s Hospital has proposed building a new Madison hospital where it could transfer 71 of its Jackson beds. St. Dominic’s would then expand other services at its landlocked Jackson campus.

St. Dominic’s Hospital has proposed building a new Madison hospital where it could transfer 71 of its Jackson beds. St. Dominic’s would then expand other services at its landlocked Jackson campus.

The Health Management Associates-owned Madison County Medical Center legally opposed St. Dominic’s plans and welcomed Thursday’s recommendation. HMA broke ground in September 2009 on a new $42 million facility building for its 67 beds off Nissan Parkway in Canton that will open Madison River Oaks next summer.

 

HMA does not want more competition in the area for fear that a new St. Dominic’s facility would take away its private-pay patients, leaving it with more patients insured by Medicaid, which offers lower reimbursements and is thus less friendly to a hospital’s bottom line.

St. Dominic’s argues that the new facility would comply with the state Health Plan based on the projected population growth in Madison County. Many of its patients already come from that area, the hospital also argued.

 

Health Management Associates Inc. has begun construction on a new replacement hospital for its 67 beds at Madison County Medical Center in Canton. The MCMC building was built in 1965.

Health Management Associates Inc. has begun construction on a new replacement hospital for its 67 beds at Madison County Medical Center in Canton. The MCMC building was built in 1965.

Hearings regarding the proposed facility were held in January and February of this year. Both hospital ran extensive advertising campaigns and encouraged their supporters to write letters or sign petitions that would be relayed to the Health Department, as public opinion is taken into consideration by the department.

 

The next step in the hospital’s review process is a final ruling from State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier.

If St. Dominic’s were to appeal Currier’s decision, the case would go to Hinds County Chancery Court and ultimately to the state Supreme Court.

Mississippi is one of 30 states that regulates health care services through a CON process. State law requires CON approval for the establishment, relocation, or expansion of health  care facilities. The process is design to help ensure the economic stability of community hospital and long-term nursing care services. Other states allow hospitals to build at their own risk.

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3 Responses to “Officer: No CON for St. Dominic Madison hospital”

  1. John Doe Says:

    Oh give me a break! Madison needs a new hospital like St. Domonic!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Becky Says:

    No to St Dominic’s. They under staff nurses and watch out when you get close to being vested they will find a way to get rid of you and then report you to the nursing board for a paper error it has nothing to do with the care of patients. I am not a nurse a former patient and know of a nurse this happen to and a good one. My next problem the do not apply payment correctly to patients acct. We don’t know another poor unfair employer and hospital in the area. They are Greedy.

  3. Shay Says:

    This is completely outrageous and the ruling should be overturned!! I hope the State Health Officer, Dr. Mary Currier will actually listen to the people of Madison who have without a doubt said to allow this to happen. Over 8,000 petition signatures in favor of St. Dominic’s coming to Madison. How do you not take that into consideration?

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