An ongoing lawsuit in Cole County Court is challenging the ruling and the rule that authorized Patients First's three-bed hospital in Washington.
The Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee is in charge of the state's Certificate of Need program, which approves applications for hospitals and equipment that is over $1 million. In September 2010, that committee voted 4-3 to exempt Patients First from going through with the Certificate of Need process to build a three-bed hospital in Washington. The committee decided that since the facility was under $1 million, it didn't need to go through with the CON process.
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