Tampa Area Hospitals File Appeal Asking Court to Halt Opening of HCA Trauma Centers

Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital, Shands Jacksonville (Fla.) and Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla., have all filed an appeal with the 1st District Court of Appeal to block a decision by the state's Department of Health to allow the opening of new HCA trauma centers, according to a News Service of Florida report in the Florida Times-Union.

In November, the Department of Health ruled HCA's Orange Park (Fla.) Medical Center, Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Fla., and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, Fla., could develop new trauma centers. The Department also gave the green light to a trauma center at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami-Dade County.

The three hospitals appealing the decision — which would be competitors of the new Tampa- and Jacksonville-area centers — claim the determination was made without the opportunity to challenge the decision.

St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa is also expected to file a similar appeal, according to the report.

In September, an administrative law judge ruled the Department uses outdated methodology in approving new centers in a case brought by HCA's competitors in the Jacksonville and Tampa area. However, the Department appealed that decision and said it would approve the centers while the case is pending, according to a News4 report.

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