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Franklin hospital continues push for new site

Posted May 21, 2008 2:17 p.m. EDT

— Franklin Regional Medical Center and Rex Healthcare have appealed the state's decision to deny the Franklin County hospital's proposed move to a new site.

The state Division of Health Service Regulation last month denied the necessary certificate of need for which Franklin Regional had applied, saying low-income and minority residents in the county would have to travel father for medical care if the hospital moved.

Franklin Regional wants to move from its location on U.S. Highway 401 in Louisburg to a site in Youngsville to accommodate the county's growing population. The proposed $103 million hospital would include 188,000 square feet of space and provide 70 acute-care beds and three operating rooms.

“We continue to focus on finding a long-term solution to the challenges of providing quality health care services in Franklin County, and we believe several new facilities will be the best way to accomplish that. The partnership creates an opportunity that meets community health needs and is financially stable," said a statement issued by Mike McNair, chief executive of Franklin Regional, and Rex President David Strong.

The hospitals proposed operating a new urgent care facility in Louisburg and a new physician clinic in eastern Franklin County, as well as the Youngsville hospital.