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Franklin Hospital's Proposed Move Denied

Posted April 25, 2008
Updated April 28, 2008

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— The state on Friday quashed a proposed move of Franklin Regional Medical Center from its location on U.S. Highway 401 in Louisburg to a site in Youngsville.

The state Division of Health Service Regulation denied the necessary certificate of need for which Franklin Regional had applied. Among the findings cited in the state's 71-page decision was a determination that low-income and minority residents in the county would have to travel father for medical care if the hospital moved.

Hospital administrators said the move to Youngsville is necessary to accommodate Franklin County's growing population. The $103 million proposed hospital would include 188,000 square feet of space and provide 70 acute-care beds and three operating rooms.

This is the second time the hospital's move has been rejected. Franklin Regional added support from Rex Hospital after an initial application failed last summer.

Rex Hospital and Franklin Regional conducted a poll in Franklin County in January and reported that they found 70 percent of residents were in favor of the proposed move. Louisburg town officials discounted the results, however, claiming the poll questions were skewed in favor of the move.

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  • healthnut17 May 1, 2008

    What will happen to FRMC? The owner HMA will probably pull out after selling their shares and move back to Florida where they belong. Then a REAL hospital will take over and hopefully will make it better! HMA just give it up and go home !!!!

  • ohmygosh Apr 28, 2008

    Now maybe the management can focus of fixing their internal systemic problems. Like all they ignored becasue the "move" would fix everything.

  • neutral observer Apr 28, 2008

    Let them close, come on Wake Med!!!!

  • myidea Apr 28, 2008

    Leave FRMC in Louisburg and let them go there. Build a real hospital in Youngsville. The Youngsville Medical Center sounds better anyway.

  • celong Apr 25, 2008

    If they keep denying the move, the hospital might just decide to close all together.