Court: State Correct in Denying Harnett Hospital's Expansion
State regulators acted properly in denying Good Hope Hospital's application to move to a new facility outside Lillington, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
Good Hope, which closed last year after serving the Erwin area for a century, had applied in 2003 for state approval to build a new hospital near Lillington. Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn opposed the move, saying it would duplicate services in Harnett County, leading to higher medical costs.
Regulators turned down the application, and Harnett County officials unsuccessfully tried to convince Good Hope to merge with Betsy Johnson.
A divided appeals court ruled that the state was right to consider the application separately from its 2001 approval of Good Hope's plan to expand on its Erwin campus.