MADISON, MS (WLBT) - The Mississippi State Board of Health has denied St. Dominic's Certificate of Need (CON) to build a hospital in Madison.
This week the board refused the CON required for the Jackson hospital to move forward with the 121-million-dollar project.
St. Dominic hopes to put a 71-bed facility off Interstate 55 between Reunion Parkway and Gluckstadt Road.
Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler is a supporter of the St. Dominic acute care hospital.
"It's a big disappointment, and it is just another set back. There's an appeal process, and I am certain St. Dominic will pursue those avenues. Bottom line is Madison needs health care," said Butler.
Meanwhile, construction continues on the new 67 bed Madison River Oaks hospital north of the City of Madison off Interstate 55. CEO for the Madison County Medical Center Davis Richards said, "Today's decision reaffirms our efforts to build Madison County families the new, full-service hospital they need and deserve. We applaud the hearing officer's recommendation that the State Health Officer disapprove St. Dominic's request to build a second and unnecessary hospital in Madison County, and her decision to support the Mississippi State Health Plan."
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