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Franklinton, Youngsville Consider Legal Options for Hospital Relocation

Posted September 19, 2007

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— Officials from Franklinton and Youngsville held a meeting Wednesday night to discuss their legal options about a hospital's relocation request.

Administrators from Franklin Regional Medical Center want to move their facility from Louisburg to Youngsville, but the State Division of Facility Services turned down their request in July. The new facility would have been built on a 50-acre parcel near U.S. Highway 1 and N.C. Highway 96.

Hospital administrators said the move is necessary to update their facilities and to take care of the growing population in Youngsville. Franklinton officials have said they support Youngsville's efforts to get the hospital.

“Location, location, location. We are seeing an expansion of Wake County into Franklin County, and it's following the natural growth of the major highway,” Franklinton Mayor Jenny Edwards said.

Louisburg officials had wanted to keep the facility in town, saying the move would decrease the quality of medical care there.

“We not only have to look at folks that have better income that are Wake County folks or have access to them, but you have to look at folks in the northern part of the county that are poorer and have less access,” said Louisburg Mayor Pro Tem Boyd Sturges.

The issue has even divided the nursing community.

“It's already 20 to 30 minutes for them to get to Louisburg. You move them up to Youngsville, it's an hour, an hour and a half before they get medical attention,” said medical provider Chasity Lundberg.

“We can't do anything there. There's no room to expand. We can't do any of the specialties,” said Sandie Rosenthal, a nurse at Franklin Regional Hospital.

Edwards said officials from both sides decided Wednesday night to hire an attorney to represent the interest of the hospital and file an intervention suit. That means Franklin Regional Medical Center will file a certificate of need case against the Department of Health and Human Services.

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  • hdvoodooqueen Sep 20, 2007

    FRMC is just like any other hospital, there's good about it and not so good about it. I am a nurse who has contact in hospitals in all of them , Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill and all points east and there's good/not so good in them all. They do need a new facility, they are adding services( did you know they even do bariatric surgery there?) and they need more room. Doesn't really matter to me where they are, just that area people have good services.

  • Aries82 Sep 20, 2007

    Tranewidow
    Thanks for the info, will continue looking.

  • Tranewidow Sep 20, 2007

    I also forgot to mention that the schools here are also the pits!

  • Tranewidow Sep 20, 2007

    Dan53,

    Of course it is Louisburg's cash cow! By the way, Louisburg has already dried up and become a ghost town. It is not quiet and certainly not easy going. The local government and town officals are corrupt. Drugs and gangs are rampant here. Until 401 is 4-laned, there will be no growth here. (the good ol' boys here do not want growth) Everyone has to work outside of Louisburg in order to make a living. Unless you were "born & raised" in Louisburg, forget moving here. You will not be welcome. That is the reason I am getting the heck out of here after 25 years!

  • JustCrazy2 Sep 20, 2007

    I don't care if they stay or if they go. I live between Louisburg and Youngsville and I would not go to either location. Take me to WakeMed or Rex anyday!

  • gopanthers Sep 20, 2007

    Put the Hospital 1/2 between Louisburg and Youngsville (where I live) and be done with it. Or like somenone else has pointed out have two smaller locations rather then one big one. Then everyone has an equal amount of time to get to a Hospital. Problem Solved!

  • Timtooltime Sep 20, 2007

    Here is your solution ! Leave the old hospital for the residents of Louisburg and bulid a new one for the residents near US 1. Problem solved !

  • Aries82 Sep 20, 2007

    Tranewidow

    So who in Louisburg is against moving the hospital. I doubt that it's the people in the nursing homes. I don't know for sure, but I'll be willing to bet that it is a huge cash cow for Louisburg and every service that the hospital depends on. Would Louisburg dry up and become a ghost town? People live in Franklin County, but work in Raleigh and the surrounding areas. Louisburg sounds like Mayberry, it's quiet, easy going, has it's own little charm. It's attractive, and maybe some day I'll buy a house there...who knows.

  • Steve Crisp Sep 20, 2007

    I have never understood the state of North Carolina having the authority to determine the location of hospitals and the services they offer. That holds expecially true for any hospital that is not county-owned and managed.

    If I am a private entity and want to construct a hospital, I should be able to do so without any interference from the state. Yes, the state can oversee the quality of the facility I build and staff, but not its location or services offered.

    Do you realize that a hospital has to get permission from the state to install an MRI machine? Or to offer speciality services?

    This is yet another example where the government needs to simply go away.

  • somethin to think about... Sep 20, 2007

    There are pro's and con's to every situation... including this one. 99.9% of all elderly centers and nursing care facilities are in Louisburg, yes, the people that are in these facilities depend greatly on FRMC. Yes, a nice new fancy hospital would be nice and yes the majority of the growth this county is experiencing is along US Hwy 1. On the other hand, is it fair to all of those in these established facilities to have to endure a 20 min or so ride to the ER instead of in most cases less than 5? Considering they are in a nursing center because they need constant care. A 20 minute ride just may literally kill them. Like everyone else, I feel FRMC has it's good points and it's bad points, just as any corporation... but in the end, if I am on my deathbed, take me to the closest facility!
    So, has anyone pondered the idea of making a second hospital??? I mean really, this county is growning at an alarming rate, Wake can have more than one, why can't we???? Problem solved!!!

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