United States: Alabama CON Report - March 2015

I. Certificate of Need Program

A. AL2015-004, Tombigbee Health Care Authority, d/b/a Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, Demopolis, AL: Proposes to add 10 general psychiatric beds to the existing 10 gero-psychiatric beds, pursuant to an adjustment to the 2004-2007 Alabama State Health Plan which approved the 10 additional psychiatric beds for Marengo County. The adjustment was approved by the Statewide Health Coordinating Council on November 15, 2013, and signed by Governor Robert Bentley on November 18, 2013. Opposition: None.


B. AL2015-005, LifeQuest of Florence, LLC d/b/a The Haven Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility, Gulf Shores, AL: Proposes to add 11 specialty care assisted living beds to the existing 32-bed Specialty Care Assisted Living Facility. Opposition: None.


C. AL2015-006, Greenbriar at the Altamont, LLC, Birmingham, AL: Proposes to establish a 16-bed Specialty Care Assisted Living Facility by relocating 16 SCALF beds from Oaks on Parkwood, LLC. Opposition: None.


D. AL2015-007, Physicians Choice Dialysis of Alabama, LLC d/b/a DaVita Physicians Choice Dialysis-Montgomery, AL: Proposes to expand the existing ESRD facility consisting of 16 in-center hemodialysis stations, one of which is a hemodialysis isolation station and two home training stations, by adding one new home training station and converting an existing hemodialysis station, currently used for treatment, to an in-center hemodialysis station to be used for treatment and training. Opposition: None.


E. AL2015-010, Village at Cook Springs, LLC, Pell City, AL: Proposes to expand its existing Specialty Care Assisted Living Facility on its main campus by adding six SCALF beds, for a total of 32 SCALF beds. Opposition: None.


F. AL2015-011, Bio-Medical Applications of Alabama, Inc. d/b/a Fresenius Medical Care Opelika, Opelika, AL: Proposes to expand the existing 25-station ESRD facility by adding five in-center hemodialysis stations and one isolation station, for a total of 31 stations. Opposition: None.


G. AL2015-012, Bio-Medical Applications of Alabama, Inc. d/b/a Fresenius Medical Care Brundidge, Brundidge, AL: Proposes to expand the existing 10-station ESRD facility by adding six in-center hemodialysis stations for a total of 16 stations. Opposition: None.


H. AL2015-013, Bio-Medical Applications of Alabama, Inc. d/b/a Fresenius Medical Care Camellia, Greenville, AL: Proposes to expand the existing 16-station ESRD facility by adding five in-center hemodialysis stations and one home training station for a total of 22 stations. Opposition: None.


I. AL2015-014, Health Care Authority of Cullman County d/b/a Cullman Regional Medical Center, Inc., Cullman, AL: Proposes to relicense 30 acute care beds that were previously acquired through CON 2278-H-E. Opposition: None.


II. Reviewability Determinations and Pending Reviewability Determinations

A. Reviewability Determinations

RV2015-011, The Summit Health & Rehab Services, Inc. requests to provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy services to the veterans living in four veterans homes through a contract with the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs. Status: Non-Reviewable.

RV2015-012, Hale County Hospital requests to provide hospital-based outpatient physical therapy services. Status: Non-Reviewable.

B. Pending Reviewability Determinations

RV2014-028, Surgicare of Mobile, Ltd. requests to add five operating rooms, 20 pre-/post-op bays, and four restrooms and to expand the waiting room and business office. Status: Pending.

Opposition: Providence Hospital filed a letter opposing the Reviewability Determination Request. Mobile Infirmary Association d/b/a Mobile Infirmary Medical Center filed a letter opposing the Reviewability Determination Request. In litigation, CV2014-901553, Springhill Hospitals, Inc. filed Complaint for Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief.

RV2015-010, Appalachian Cardiovascular Associates requests to construct an angiography suite in order to perform low-risk angiographic procedures, such as peripheral arterial, venous angiography, peripheral interventions, implantable loop recorder insertion, diagnostic cardiac catheterization, peripheral angiography, and vena cava filter insertion to be located within a medical office. Status: Pending.

RV2015-013, SouthernCare, Inc., d/b/a SouthernCare Daphne, requests to establish a hospice satellite office in the approved service area of Escambia County. Status: Pending.

RV2015-014, SouthernCare, Inc., d/b/a SouthernCare Demopolis, requests to establish a hospice satellite office in the approved service area of Dallas County. Status: Pending

RV2015-015, SouthernCare, Inc., d/b/a SouthernCare Greenville, requests to establish a hospice satellite office in the approved service area of Covington County. Status: Pending.

RV2015-016, Covenant Hospice, Inc. d/b/a Covenant Hospice, Inc. Brewton, requests to close their hospice satellite office located at 1023 Douglas Avenue, Ste. 204, Brewton, AL. Status: Pending.

RV2015-017, SouthernCare, Inc. d/b/a SouthernCare Cullman, requests to establish a hospice satellite office in the approved service area of Morgan County. Status: Pending.

RV2015-018, Regional Health Management Corporation, requests to lease space to operate two physicians' offices and then sublease to RMC-Anniston for operation of a hospital-based Diagnostic Imaging Center offering MRI; CT; General Radiology; and Ultrasound. Status: Pending.

RV2015-019, AseraCare Hospice-Demopolis, LLC d/b/a AseraCare Hospice, requests to relocate the in-home hospice office from 1013 Medical Center Parkway, Medical Arts Bldg. #1, Ste. 101, Selma, AL to 482 McQueen Smith Rd., Prattville, AL. Status: Pending.

RV2015-020, Southern Alabama Surgery Center, LLC d/b/a Surgery Center South, requests to expand the existing surgery center by leasing 7,569 square feet of shell space adjacent to the existing ASC space, within which Surgery Center South proposes to construct six additional operating rooms, two of which will be licensed, certified, fully staffed, and operated immediately upon completion of the construction, and four of which will remain unstaffed and held for future use. The leased space will also include 16 total bays for pre-operative and recovery care; counseling space; cleaning station; a waiting area; restrooms; and a small physician's lounge. Status: Pending.

III. New Business

410-1-8-.06 Effective Date of Decision

410-1-8-.08 Issuance of Certificate of Need

410-1-10-.01 Emergency Review

The next CON Review Board meeting will be held on April 15, 2015.

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