The Florida Dept. of Health approved new facilities in Pasco and Manatee.
The Florida Department of Health approved new trauma centers in Pasco and Manatee counties last week, but the legal battle between newcomer HCA and the incumbent health care operators is likely far from over.
Four trauma centers were approved in all, including centers in Clay and Miami-Dade counties. All four facilities will be operated by HCA.
But according to News Service of Florida, opponents to HCA's newest openings -- including Tampa General Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa -- will file new appeals this month, leading to another hearing before an administrative law judge. In September, a separate hearing before an administrative law judge ended with a ruling in favor of the incumbent care providers, News Service of Florida says.