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Decision to relocate hospital appealed

By JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 22, 2002

BROOKSVILLE -- As promised, Oak Hill Hospital executives have appealed the state's decision to allow Brooksville Regional Hospital to rebuild at a new location.

The company has asked that an administrative law judge reconsider the state's issuing a certificate of need to Brooksville Regional, asserting that Brooksville Regional's application "fails to satisfy the applicable statutory and rule criteria necessary to qualify for review and approval."

The company calls for denying the certificate of need, saying the proposed new hospital will harm Oak Hill's efficiency, effectiveness and financial condition.

The two sides have battled over Brooksville Regional's plan since it was unveiled in June. After listening to the move's proponents and opponents during several hearings, county commissioners gave their blessing to the new hospital at the new site.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration announced its approval in mid December.

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