State Nixes $20M Duke Hospital Projects

Posted December 17, 2007 7:48 p.m. EST

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— State regulators denied Duke University Health System's $20 million plan to expand facilities for cardiac care, saying they did not see a need for the facilities.

The university had submitted plans for a $7 million renovation to build a 13-bed pediatric cardiac intensive care unit at Duke Medical Center. Duke also wanted to construct two new electrphysiology laboratories with equipment to treat heart dieseases.

Regulators with the North Carolina Certificate of Need Program (CON) turned down both applications, saying Duke had not proven there was a significant need for the facilities.

CON law regulates the expansion of existing services and facilities and the creation of new ones by health-care companies. The aim of the law is to keep down the cost of medical treatment.

Duke officials said they are appealing to the state Office of Administrative Hearings.