State Nixes $20M Duke Hospital Projects

Posted December 17, 2007

— State regulators denied Duke University Health System's $20 million plan to expand facilities for cardiac care, saying they did not see a need for the facilities.

The university had submitted plans for a $7 million renovation to build a 13-bed pediatric cardiac intensive care unit at Duke Medical Center. Duke also wanted to construct two new electrphysiology laboratories with equipment to treat heart dieseases.

Regulators with the North Carolina Certificate of Need Program (CON) turned down both applications, saying Duke had not proven there was a significant need for the facilities.

CON law regulates the expansion of existing services and facilities and the creation of new ones by health-care companies. The aim of the law is to keep down the cost of medical treatment.

Duke officials said they are appealing to the state Office of Administrative Hearings.


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  • retired and luv it Dec 18, 2007

    I do not understand this CON crowd in Raleigh. They are just another useless state agency that stirs the pot for political reasons. We had a similar case in Harnett County in that the will of the people for a new centrally located hospital was totally ignored in favor of the objection of the exisiting hospital, Betsy Johnson, purely for political reasons. Why can t the free enterprise system prevail and anyone that wants to build and fund a hospital just do it without interferance from some useless agency to control the citizens desire? TERM LIMITS

  • whatelseisnew Dec 17, 2007

    So according to the State Government competition is going to make the cost of treatment higher? Well considering the rules of free market don't really apply to the medical establishment anymore because the Insurance Companies are controlling everything, maybe they have a point.

  • avrecon Dec 17, 2007

    Our tax dollars are not being used. It's Dukes money, but the state doesn't want to allow them to expand.

  • Huey Dec 17, 2007

    I didn't know that our tax dollars were helping fund Duke.

  • ghimmy47 Dec 17, 2007

    Oh yeah having government macro-manage business ALWAYS makes it cheaper ... lol

  • mrr03 Dec 17, 2007

    Support the expansion project..

  • nc resident Dec 17, 2007

    ohhh.....I think it's the big one...I'm coming Elizabeth......