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Trauma Centers Head Back to Court

The Legislature’s failure to fix Florida’s lingering trauma center debate means the hospitals in the dispute are headed back to court, the Ocala Star-Bannerreports. 

Bills that would have protected centers at Ocala Regional Medical Center, Blake Medical Center and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point collapsed during the final day of the 2014 Legislative session.

Ocala Regional attorney Steve Encina told the Star-Banner the hospital will continue to defend a Department of Health  rule that the HCA Healthcare-owned facilities should stay open. Also, a separate series of administrative hearings have been set for later this month and in early June, the Star-Banner reports.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.