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Shands loses bid for new hospital

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Updated: 4/29/2013 11:28 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The state has denied UF & Shands Jacksonville's request to build a new 100-bed hospital.

The facility would have been built in North Jacksonville, but Memorial Hospital appealed the move.

Action News received this statement tonight from Shands' spokesman Dan Leveton:
“We are disappointed in the decision turning down Shands Jacksonville's request to build a new inpatient hospital in North Jacksonville. In doing so, the Agency accepted the recommendation of an administrative law judge made in December 2012 after an appeal by Memorial Hospital. AHCA did agree with us on some aspects of the case, and had originally approved our application in December 2011. Today we are considering all of our options as we move forward. In the meantime, we are moving ahead with our plan to build a new medical office complex on the same site, which will include ambulatory services and a medical office building for University of Florida faculty and community physicians. The complex will include primary and specialty care, diagnostic services, urgent care and outpatient surgery and construction will begin in the near future. Our goal as always is to provide the most comprehensive, caring service possible for our patients and their families throughout northeast Florida."

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serpar7 - 5/9/2013 9:54 PM
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Am I missing something here...why isn't there hundreds of comments about this travesty? You have a hospital located in another area of the city dictating to the state or pleading that they will lose "business" if Shands build on the North side? Why are we making patients "business" and talking dollars and cents and not thinking of the needs of the neighborhood? I am so tired of government giving in to business and taking "kick backs" or whatever it is instead of thinking about what's best for the people of Jacksonville. It was stated that the North side was one of the city's fastest growing areas and in my area alone there are several new home developments that are selling consistently. Not just foreclosures and short sales but new homes too. I should know because I've tried purchasing all of the above to find contracts already on pre-existing homes and decided on a new home to be built. So how in the heck can a judge in Tallahassee say there is not enough growth for a 100 bed hospital? An estimated 145,000 people on the North side and that's not enough? for 100 beds? Get real. What's really behind the denial? Do we on the North side have a say? We should! One of the reasons I decided to purchase on the North side was the new hospital! So if you ask me...put the hospital on the North Side! Seniors need it! Adults need it! Kids need it!

Gunny48 - 4/30/2013 8:47 AM
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Shands is a non-profit hospital

Truthseeker - 4/30/2013 5:00 AM
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"...Our goal as always is to provide the most comprehensive, caring service possible for our patients and their families throughout northeast Florida." Not completely true. The real goal is to increase the investors' wealth. That is the true goal of any for profit business and it is known as capitalism!!! I love it!!!
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