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Louisburg officials sue Rex Healthcare

Posted May 28, 2008

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— Louisburg officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday against one of the partners in a project to move Franklin County’s only hospital out of the city.

The lawsuit names Rex Healthcare and its non-profit parent company, UNC Healthcare. The suit asks the court to make public any confidential agreement Rex made for WakeMed or any other hospital to remain silent during the state’s review of the application to move Franklin Regional Medical Center.

The state last month quashed a proposed move of Franklin Regional from its location on U.S. Highway 401 in Louisburg to a site in Youngsville.

The partners appealed the decision in mid-May.

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

It was 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 favored the proposed move. Louisburg town officials discounted the results, claiming the poll questions were skewed in favor of the move.

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  • NCMacMan Jun 3, 2008

    The new subdivisions in Wakefield are high end homes. It is obvious that they want to move the hospital to entice more paying, insured patients to come to their hospital. They have no intent for caring for the people of Franklin County.

  • Wake1 May 29, 2008

    Good for Louisburg! Rex shouldn't have been involved in the first place - especially trying to help a for-profit chain that owns Franklin Regional. The County should obtain ownership of this hospital & operate it for the benefit of the folks in Franklin County - not the for profit HMA chain!

  • TheDude abides... May 29, 2008

    Myidea - "the largest mass of people" being the more white-collar, commute-to-Raleigh-daily, I-can-afford-to-go-to-a-Wake-hospital-anyway crowd. I wonder how much you know about the demographics of Franklin County.

  • TheDude abides... May 29, 2008

    The results would be skewed some. The Youngsville area of the proposed move has exploded in population (nice subdivisions, not trailer parks)as well as other nearby areas adjoining Wake County. Of course they would be in favor of the proposed move. It benefits them the most.

    I dont think Louisburg will be able to stop this move, though. Too much money to be gained by moving to the "transplant filled" area of southern Franklin County. The poor or lower class rural residents of the northern half of the county have been forgotten for so long, what makes us think that will change now.

  • myidea May 29, 2008

    The state didn't say there wasn't a need for a hospital in Youngsville. The state was concerned because of the poorer people on the North side of the county would have further to go to a emergency care facility. FRMC addressed that in the proposal but the state didn't like it for some reason. Let them move the hospital, it would serve the largest mass of people easier and with an up to date facility.

  • methinks May 29, 2008

    Franklin Regional needs to just close it's doors. Especially if they have not improved medical care since the last time I was there. There are several small hospitals that are outside of the UNC HealthCare and University Health Care systems that need to shut down. The patient care and treatment is substandard.

  • For-Better-Or-Worse May 28, 2008

    FRMC has now been turned down twice. What do they really think this third attempt has to offer that the other two did not?

    Why would Louisburg officials sue Rex to keep FRMC in Louisburg? The state seems to be doing that job for them already. Why not wait and see if the the state approves the move before waisting money on a lawsuit that probable doesn't even need to exist.