Commission approves two CON applications for MSHA

From Staff Reports

   The Health Facilities Commission (HFC) on Wednesday unanimously approved two separate Certificate of Need (CON) applications filed in August by Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) which were designed to enhance services at both Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) and North Side Hospital (NSH).
   "We are pleased that the HFC approved these two needed CON applications as it will help us continue to improve the tertiary care of people in our region," said Washington County Operations CEO John Melton. "Neither of these CONs added to the number of beds in Washington County. We are simply reallocating our resources between MSHA facilities."
   Over the past 10 years, JCMC has increased services in order to care for higher acuity level patients. These services include the Level I Trauma Center, Wings Air Rescue -- the region's only hospital-based medical air ambulance, The Children's Hospital, The Center for Cardiovascular Health, the region's largest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and the Transplant Center.
   NSH, recognized for serving patients through its Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) since 1995, will now be positioned to benefit even more patients who require specialized care in a more home like environment.
   The CON applications were filed with HFC in an effort to better allocate already licensed beds within Washington County. Approval of the applications by HFC allows MSHA to relocate 54 hospital beds from NSH to JCMC. In addition, MSHA can now relocate 21 of its skilled nursing beds from JCMC to NSH. This transition of beds does not call for the addition of any hospital beds or skilled nursing beds in the county.
   The projected costs for the construction of the 54-bed reallocation to higher acuity beds at JCMC is estimated at $12,650,100 with the expansion of NSH's skilled nursing facility to be an estimated $175,000.