Fight brewing over firm's plans to build Columbia hospital
COLUMBIA (AP) - A fight is brewing over a proposal by the Fulton Medical Center to build a 10-bed hospital in south Columbia.
The Columbia Missourian reports that the Boone Hospital Center says the proposed facility isn't needed when there are several others already serving the area.
Fulton Medical Center said in its application for the hospital that it would help improve the company's finances. It's owned by health care management company Neuterra, which is based in Kansas, and the University of Missouri Health Care.
The Missouri Health Facilities Committee was expected to hold a public hearing on the proposal Monday at the state Capitol. But the hearing has been canceled.
If approved, the new hospital would cost $36.2 million to develop, including the $4 million it would take to purchase the property.