HCA reverses decision to close Florida hospital

Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare no longer plans to close Plantation (Fla.) General Hospital when it completes a new hospital in Davie, Fla., according to the South Florida Business Journal.

After failing to win state Certificate of Need approval to build a hospital in Davie, HCA announced plans in 2016 to transfer Plantation General Hospital's license to Nova Southeastern University's campus in Davie. Under the plan, Plantation General Hospital would have shut down services, except for a standalone emergency department, after the license transfer.

In 2019, the Florida legislature got rid of the CON law for most hospitals. Now, HCA can build a hospital in Davie and keep Plantation General Hospital open, according to the report. 

"Due to Florida's Certificate of Need repeal, and the outpouring of support from colleagues, physicians and civic leaders, Plantation General Hospital is proud to remain open to provide needed care to its community," HCA said in a statement to the South Florida Business Journal.

HCA said it expects to open the new 200-bed hospital on Nova Southeastern University's campus in Davie in early 2021.

"We are thrilled to support and operate both hospital campuses in order to continue providing critical services to our Plantation patients while also meeting the growing need for expanded healthcare services to Davie and its surrounding communities," Charles Gressle, president of HCA East Florida Division, told the South Florida Business Journal.

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