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Appeal court rejects move to halt new trauma centers

Florida's First District Court of Appeals. Photo Credit: Ana Goni-Lessan

An appellate court in Tallahassee threw out appeals from some of the state's larger safety-net facilities to shut the door on new trauma centers owned and operated by the for-profit chain, Hospital Corp. of America.

In four brief opinions, the 1st District Court of Appeal refused to allow the hospitals to appeal the Department of Health's "provisional" approval of  several new emergency care centers, including a new $40 million trauma center at Orange Park Medical Center. The DOH also had provisionally authorized trauma centers at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson and Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. All three facilities have opened.

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