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Holly Springs vows fight to kill hospital bed-approval process

Posted March 3, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Mayor Dick Sears said Tuesday he has asked state lawmakers to scrap the Certificate of Need process state regulators use to allocate health care resources across North Carolina.

The CON formula ties new hospital beds, operating rooms, outpatient treatment facilities and other resources to population estimates.

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Last year, for example, regulators said Wake County needed another 41 hospital beds because of its growth. Novant Health applied for the beds to build a $100 million hospital in Holly Springs, but the state Division of Health Service Regulation awarded the beds to WakeMed for a women's hospital in north Raleigh.

"We're upset," Sears said. "If you're an animal – a dog or a cat – there are eight animal hospitals in the area. There's not a hospital for people. Something's wrong with that."

Novant Health also has appealed the state's decision.

Holly Springs might not be large, but it's growing, Sears said. A new hospital would create jobs in construction and health care, which is why he said he would continue to fight for it and against the CON process.

"Maybe it's to the point where we don't need it anymore," he said.

The federal government required all states to operate under a CON program until 1987. Since then, 14 states have discontinued theirs.

North Carolina shouldn't join the list, said Don Dalton, spokesman for the North Carolina Hospital Association.

"We don't think [changing is} in the best interest of the citizens of North Carolina," Dalton said. "It's important because it helps save money and helps make sure people all over the state have access to medical care, rather than just in large metro areas."

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  • EZeegoing Mar 4, 2009

    "Where was he when they had the chemical fire in Apex. Scratching his head and wondering what was in the building and how to fight the fire. They didnt even know the business was operating. Shame Shame!!!""

    And your point is ?? Apex is the next town north of Holly Springs, Mr Sears is the mayor of Holly Springs, the next town south of Apex. Are you saying the mayor of Holly Springs should have his nose in Apex business ? What's missing in this picture ?

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 4, 2009

    Sears is an advocate of uncontrolled sprawl as he continues to grow Holly Springs.

    Putting the additional beds in Raleigh should tell Holly Springs that the state doesn't approve of it's sprawl driven growth.

  • oldrebel Mar 4, 2009

    I found some interesting quips about His Honor the Mayor at the N & O Plitical archieves. To wit "Though few people have publicly questioned his job, Sears used the e-mail to complain about "those who come out of the woodwork with anything that could be interpreted as damaging to an incumbent."

    He named, in particular, Councilman Vinnie DeBenedetto, former councilman Tim Sack and town resident Van Crandall.

    Crandall particularly raised Sears' ire earlier this month when he appeared in front of the town council and said "this town in many respects is governed like a banana republic." (To watch the video, go here and click on agenda item seven. Crandall begins speaking around the 7:10 mark.)

    "Mr. Chavez and Castro would be proud of your service in this regard," Crandall added, referring to Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and Cuban leader Fidel Castro."

    Found at http://blogsarchive.newsobserver.com/wakepol/index.php?cat=195

  • charlesboyer Mar 4, 2009

    "[Sears] best was wanting Holly Springs to renege on a commitment to allow the county build a landfill in Holly Springs. This was based on Wake County putting in all of the sewer and water pipes in for Holly Springs 20 years or so.

    Would not want to enter an agreement with Mayor Sears. He's untrustworthy."

    My solution to that was to cap off the sewer and water until Sears changed his mind and decided to live up to his town's agreements. Fair is fair: don't live up to your end of the bargain, why should we?

    The truth about Sears is that he is aggressively growing Holly Springs as fast as he can and a hospital is just another avenue for him to pursue.

  • superman Mar 4, 2009

    The mayor wants to run the hospitals as well as the schools. Where was he when they had the chemical fire in Apex. Scratching his head and wondering what was in the building and how to fight the fire. They didnt even know the business was operating. Shame Shame!!!

  • NC is my home Mar 4, 2009

    Holly Springs has a closer hospital (Western Wake aka Old Apex Hospital) however Fuquay-Varina residents have to drive at leaset 10 or more miles to either Western Wake or Wake Med. If the old Fuquay-Varina Hospital were made bigger & more up-to-date, it could serve Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Angier, Lillington, Kipling, and other areas with no hospital for 10-20 miles. As far as poplulation, the northern Wake county addition may be needed for the type of care, but not as much as south-eastern Wake county needs a hospital. Right now, they have only out-patient and skilled nursing care. For Raleigh & the northern Raleigh areas, there are several hositals: Duke (aka Raleigh Community), Rex, Wake Meds various "campuses". But as usual, those to the North get first consideration.

  • JimP Mar 4, 2009

    It would be interesting to see how long it takes to get from Holly Springs / Fuquay to one of the Cary/Raleigh hospitals during rush hour...

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 4, 2009

    Mayor Sears makes a lot of off the wall comments.

    His best was wanting Holly Springs to renege on a commitment to allow the county build a landfill in Holly Springs. This was based on Wake County putting in all of the sewer and water pipes in for Holly Springs 20 years or so.

    Would not want to enter an agreement with Mayor Sears. He's untrustworthy.

  • rushbot Mar 4, 2009

    Does anyone know how much Novant has contributed to Mr. Sears' campaign fund? Or how much consideration has flowed to Mr. Sears for taking this position?

  • bonowell Mar 4, 2009

    The Governor is looking for programs to cut. This looks like one of them.

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