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Proposed surgical center shot down in Alabama

Birmingham News/Press Register, June 19, 2008

Alabama healthcare regulators have decided not to reconsider a new Gulf Shores outpatient surgery facility. In April, the Certificate of Need Review Board rejected plans for the proposed $9.4 million Pleasure Island Ambulatory Surgery Center. The board has now unanimously rejected a request to reconsider its earlier decision, but supporters of the new center vowed to continue their fight in court. Representatives of Infirmary Health System and Foley's South Baldwin Regional Medical Center oppose the new facility, saying that their area surgery centers are operating at only about 50% of capacity.