Novant Health, local physicians face off for CON: 5 points on the firms' ASC plans

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health and a group of physicians both filed a certificate-of-need application to add a new operating room in Leland, N.C. However, the N.C. Department of Health Service Regulation can only grant one of those entities the CON, according to

Here are five key points:

1. While the CON application is designanted for building an additional operating room, both parties plan to develop a new surgical center to house the operating room.

2. Novant Health proposed opening a new ASC by relocating one operating room from Bolivia, N.C.-based Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center and adding one new operating room.

3. With an estimated total cost of $14.1 million, Novant expects to complete the surgery center by January 2019.

4. The physicians plan to develop a new surgery center, Brunswick Surgery Center, which would house one new operating room and two procedure rooms. The physicians expect to open the $4.2 million ASC by January 2019, as well. The physicians formed a limited liability partnership to file the application for Brunswick Surgery Center.

5. Southport, N.C.-based Dosher Memorial Hospital is opposing both CON applications, claiming unnecessary duplication of resources. The hospital also says the ASC plans would negatively affect the hospital and Brunswick County patients.

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