A Kentucky administrative law judge has ruled in favor of The Christ Hospital’s certificate of need (CON) application for a $24 million surgery center in Fort Mitchell, the Northern Kentucky Tribune reported recently on its website.
The decision clears the way for construction of The Christ Hospital Surgery Center-Fort Mitchell as part of a development on the site of the former Drawbridge Inn.
“Today’s ruling will provide consumers and our patients with more healthcare options. We now will be able to extend our exceptional surgical care in the areas of orthopedics, urology and gynecology to the residents of Northern Kentucky,” The Christ Hospital President and CEO, Mike Keating said in a statement.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare, which opposed the application, has indicated it will appeal the decision. St. Elizabeth CEO Garren Colvin issued the following statement:
“We are obviously disappointed in the decision. We will pursue the appropriate appeals process. Our challenge will be directed to the loophole created by the previous administration that has already been removed from the state health plan. Christ Hospital recommended the new language and waited for this loophole to be in place before it applied for a Certificate of Need.”
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