An Administrative Law Judge has affirmed the decision of the State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) to grant a Certificate of Need for a 280-bed replacement for Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital.
After considering the arguments of Helen Keller Hospital and North Alabama Medical Center, Circuit Judge Charles Price ruled on June 6, 2014 that SHPDA’s decision to grant the Certificate of Need for the new hospital was “reasonable, supported by substantial evidence, and within the Agency’s lawful discretion, and is hereby AFFIRMED.” (Emphasis in the original)
The ruling represents another step toward the construction of the new North Alabama Medical Center, which will provide a host of benefits to Florence and the Shoals, including 4,500 jobs, better healthcare, and over $1 Billion in economic impact in the first five years of construction and operation.
Russell Pigg, CEO for Eliza Coffee Memorial said, “We are pleased with Judge Price’s decision today, moving us one step closer to the reality of a new regional medical center with the capacity to care for patients in our tri-state area. We stand ready to begin this project and are hopeful to see it underway very soon.”
Helen Keller has six weeks in which to seek a further appeal, to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.