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Rex Joins Effort to Move Franklin Hospital

Posted November 16, 2007

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— Rex Healthcare on Friday announced its intention to work with the owners of Franklin Regional Medical Center to build a new hospital in Youngsville.

State regulators in July turned down an attempt by Health Management Associates Inc., which operates Franklin Regional, to move the hospital from Louisburg to a site near the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and N.C. Highway 96 in Youngsville.

The application filed with the state by Rex and HMA describes a slightly larger facility than the one already rejected by the state Division of Health Service Regulation. The $103 million hospital being proposed would include 188,000 square feet of space and provide 70 acute-care beds and three operating rooms.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for health care in Franklin County,” Franklin Regional Chief Executive Brian Gwyn said in a statement. “A partnership with Rex Healthcare allows Franklin Regional Medical Center to continue to grow to meet the demand for quality medical care in Franklin County for years to come. It’s an investment into the community to provide better health care and job opportunities for a healthier community.”

“Our announcement ... to join Health Management Associates in this request demonstrates our continued commitment to bring superior health care to all our patients, and it highlights our desire to establish a solid regional health care network that provides needed medical benefits to all citizens,” Rex President David Strong said.

Hospital administrators have said the move is necessary to update and expand their facilities – the existing eight-acre site in Louisburg is built out – and to take care of the growing population in the southern part of the county.

Louisburg and Franklin County officials have maintained the quality of and access to health care in the central and northern sections of the county would decline if the hospital were to move.

Gwyn said a new hospital would help attract physicians to Franklin County and would allow HMA to locate other activities and programs at the Louisburg site.

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  • TheDude abides... Nov 16, 2007

    WOW! I sure am glad all of those transplants that are moving into all of those subdivisions near Yougsville/Franklinton/Wake Forest will get good healthcare. Like they dont already have Wake Med North nearby. Another case of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Haves and Have-nots I say. I really do despise the way Franklin county is being molded by outsiders and leaving the rest of the very very largely rural county our to dry.

  • Harry Canyon Nov 16, 2007

    Tking,
    The existing facility would be left as an emergency care facility.Basically,exactly what it is today.

  • tking Nov 16, 2007

    I certainly wish WRAL would look closely at this rwequest for a new hospital. It will result in a loss of an emergency room for over a third of the County residents not to mention parts of Warren and Vance county. The entire purpose for the rrequest is to significantly diminish the umber of medicare patients seen and incrrease significantly private healthcare patients. Currently HMA "Franklin Regional" serves aprox. 80% of their patients are medicare and they make a tremendous profit wioth this bird in hand. Also the majority of citizens in the northern and estern part of County are low income. At the new site, the demographics show less than 15% below poverty and 80% have private healthcare.

    WRAL - PLEASE LOOK AT THE CON APPLICATION FOR THE NEW HOSPITAL AND YOU WILL BE SHOCKED AT THE IMPACT SUCH A MOVE WILL HAVE ON THE LOW INCOME, MEDICARE PATIENTS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY NORTH AND EAST. NOT TO MENTION THE LOSS OF EQUITABLRE SERVICE BY BEING LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF THE COUNTY!!

  • 37 Nov 16, 2007

    If the end-result is that Franklin County ends up with two facilities, then this is a win for all sides. There are no specifics in the story about this issue. Both facilities will be needed and Wake Forest is without the hospital it had when it was a very small town. This new hospital would be a great benefit to people in the Capital Blvd. area south of Vance County. If it is a replacement facility, then there's no reason for the state to consider this proposal any differently than the original request.