Munroe Regional Medical Center

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Three hospitals in Marion and Citrus counties are challenging a state decision to sign off on a new 66-bed hospital in Marion County, according to documents posted Thursday on the state Division of Administrative Hearings website. 

Judge Says State Should Reject New Marion Hospital

Nov 16, 2017
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With other hospitals fighting the proposal, an administrative law judge Wednesday said state regulators should turn down a request to build a new hospital in Marion County.

Munroe Regional Medical Center's Twitter Account: @MunroeRegional

  Munroe Regional Medical Center has notified Florida hospital officials it is ending its effort to build a trauma center, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.  Munroe Regional’s president and CEO Bob Moore said the hospital’s application likely wouldn’t have been approved, as Ocala Regional Medical Center has a Level II trauma center located right across the street.

Marion County Hospital District trustees say Community Health Systems, a health care company currently leasing Munroe Regional Medical Center, has failed to create a sufficient improvement plan for the hospital, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

Melissa Lyttle / Tampa Bay Times

Some who questioned the sale of Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg to a for-profit corporation in April were left even more uneasy Tuesday amid news that the new owner -- Health Management Associates -- could be sold to Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc. HMA owns 23 hospitals in the state and dozens of clinics. 

A number of publications around the state took note of how the prospective sale, which creates the largest for-profit hospital chain in the country, could affect their area: