Condition denies bids for hospitals in Venice and North Port

Sarasota Memorial’s application would be a back-up arrange for Venice hospital project

Condition regulators on Friday denied two requests for permission to build new hospitals in Sarasota County.

One — another application by Sarasota Memorial Hospital to construct a 60-acre medical campus on its Laurel Road property in Venice — was filed to keep momentum while its first application, approved last year, is tangled up in litigation.

Another was by Universal Health Services, which owns Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Clinic, for any 120-bed hospital in North Port.

The Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration combined the 2 applications into one statement of denial.

A court decision is anticipated at the begining of 2018 on competing bids by Sarasota Memorial and Venice Regional Bayfront Health to construct new medical campuses only one exit apart on Interstate 75 in Venice. Until that situation is settled, the company stated in the statement, it views Sarasota Memorial’s original application approved and won’t approve the second.

This decision was expected by Sarasota Memorial’s executive team, which described towards the condition that it is 2017 application was “posted when its previous application is ultimately denied or protracted litigation continues.” Chief executive officer David Verinder has vowed to keep momentum on creating a “sister facility” in Venice to help ease demand and congestion at its Sarasota campus. In November, Sarasota Memorial’s board gone to live in hire a designer and builder for that Venice site, signaling that it is purchase of a southern expansion continues.

The 2 longtime healthcare providers’ fight for that South County patient base dates back to a minimum of October 2012, when Sarasota Memorial first gone to live in operate a sudden care focus on the U.S. 41 Bypass.

The make an effort to build a severe-care hospital in North Port came about from frustration that Sarasota Memorial, which maintains an urgent situation care center there, opted to build its next hospital in Venice rather of locating farther south. Sarasota Memorial’s board has mentioned the population base — and, importantly, the way to obtain medical providers — don’t yet justify the fee for a medical facility in North Port. But Universal Health could not agree, pledging to invest $12 million over 4 years on construction and physician recruitment.

In denying its northern border Port bid, the company mentioned it “could make no resolution of requirement for a brand new hospital in North Port, Florida, in line with the data and analysis presented through the applicant. The applicant’s forecast model didn’t for sure show the requirement for a 120-bed acute care hospital.”

The statement added that before the claims of Sarasota Memorial and Venice Regional to construct new hospitals are settled, there’s not a way to gauge what additional healthcare needs within the South County is going to be.

The Universal Health executive shepherding its northern border Port project wasn’t immediately readily available for comment. At Sarasota Memorial, Verinder announced the most recent development to hospital staffers.

“We posted another, updated application towards the condition several days ago being an extra insurance measure basically we await the end result from the challenges over our 2016 application,” his letter stated. “Despite today’s denial, we still anticipate receiving final approval in our 2016 application at the begining of 2018, and expect to creating a condition-of-the-art hospital on Laurel Road which will provide top-quality choose to the city which help decompress our primary campus.”

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