Appeals Court upholds awarding of CON for hospital

Appeals Court upholds awarding of CON for hospital

JACKSON, MS (AP) - Harrison HMA, owners of Gulf Coast Medical Center, has won a lawsuit challenging the state's approval of its plan to build a new hospital in Biloxi.

The Mississippi Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project in 2012.

Singing River Health System, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Garden Park Medical Center opposed the CON but a Hinds County judge upheld the Health Department's decision in 2013.

On appeal, the three hospitals argued the Department of Health erred because Harrison HMA was building a new hospital not replacing or relocating an existing hospital.

The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the ruling by the state judge.

HMA planned to spend $133 million on a 144-bed hospital in Biloxi to be named "The Hospital at Cedar Lake."

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