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Court: State Correct in Denying Harnett Hospital's Expansion

Posted April 15, 2008

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— State regulators acted properly in denying Good Hope Hospital's application to move to a new facility outside Lillington, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Good Hope, which closed last year after serving the Erwin area for a century, had applied in 2003 for state approval to build a new hospital near Lillington. Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn opposed the move, saying it would duplicate services in Harnett County, leading to higher medical costs.

Regulators turned down the application, and Harnett County officials unsuccessfully tried to convince Good Hope to merge with Betsy Johnson.

A divided appeals court ruled that the state was right to consider the application separately from its 2001 approval of Good Hope's plan to expand on its Erwin campus.

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  • Pack1966 Apr 16, 2008

    WakeMed and BJ are going to build a hospital which will provide charity care and bad debt write-off, and have an adequate number of staffed, licensed beds; have an adequate number of services to care for patients in Harnett County. That is what the facts in the CON applications present, that is not the rhetoric that Good Hope board presents. But each resident must reach their own decisions based on whatever information they choose to believe... whether it's political self-serving rhetoric or written facts.

  • Fuquay Resident Apr 15, 2008

    So Pack1966, WakeMed and BJ are going to build a substandard hospital that will only serve as a triage unit before shipping the patient off to another WakeMed hospital. Fewer private rooms, fewer ORs, off-site meal prep, etc makes the WakeMed plan pale in comparison to the Good Hope/Triad plan.

  • Pack1966 Apr 15, 2008

    A little tid-bit that the article didn't mention is that Good Hope wanted to get into bed w/ a FOR-PROFIT company out of Texas. They talked a good game, but had an obligation to stake-holders that would have left the poorer, uninsured residents of Harnett Co. without healthcare; or, Betsy Johnson would have absorbed all the uninsured patients and not been able to make any $$ to invest in good equipment and staff to serve any of the residents - poor or otherwise. I'm somewhat familiar with this issue and the whole story is much more complicated than this brief article indicates.

  • Fuquay Resident Apr 15, 2008

    Sounds rather hypocritical to me.

  • Rolling Along Apr 15, 2008

    Nope...called protecting their interests...

  • Fuquay Resident Apr 15, 2008

    "Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn opposed the move, saying it would duplicate services in Harnett County, leading to higher medical costs." Yet Betsy Johnson Hospital has partnered with WakeMed to build a hospital in Lillington. Isn't that a little odd?