Hospital Option for Gadsden County

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For now the hospital board is looking at two options: opening a brand new facility or reopen the existing one.

Money is available from the state for a new facility, but it has to be outside a 35-mile radius of an existing hospital.

In addition, the hospital must obtain critical access status. Getting critical access means higher reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare.

Joe Sharp is the consultant for the hospital and said, "In the case of the existing hospital we've estimated that it could mean 2.1 or 2.7 million dollars a year in increase revenue and that could mean in the case of the existing hospital the financial viability of the hospital or financial failure."

The hospital board should have a definite answer in the next two months on whether they'll build a new one or reopen the existing one.