MEDARVA challenges Virginia health department's CON denial recommendation: 5 key takeaways

MEDARVA Healthcare is challenging the Virginia Department of Health staff's recommendation to deny a certificate of public need application by the company, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Here are five key takeaways:

1. The CON application includes plans to relocate two operating rooms from its Richmond, Va.-based Stony Point Surgery Center to its Henrico, Va.-based West Creek Medical Park.

2. According MEDARVA executives and their attorneys, moving the ORs would serve the patient population that currently has to travel to Stony Point Surgery Center.

3. The state DOH's Division of Certificate of Public Need is recommending the denial because the CON application because it is not consistent with the state's medical facilities plan, among other reasons.

4. Initially, MEDARVA applied to build two new ORs at West Creek Medical Park. However, the application was denied.

5. The state health commissioner has not yet made a final decision with regard to the CON issue.

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