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Proposed Columbia hospital moves forward

A proposed Mid-Missouri hospital is one step closer to being built.

ABC 17 News obtained the certificate of need for the close to $40 million project in Columbia.

That certificate is required in Missouri before hospitals are allowed to be built to ensure the healthcare market isn’t over-saturated.

The hospital would be built off Highway 63 and Discovery Ridge where Sunset Mobile Home currently is.

Those in the mobile home park do not have to pay rent for the next five months to help with the transition since they are being forced to move.

If the certificate of need gets approved, construction will begin in February.

Fulton Medical Center LLC, which is a partnership between University of Missouri Health Care and private health care company Nueterra could come to Columbia.

However, only after a need for it is is proven- and approved.

Plans show the hospital would be a 10 bed facility with two operating rooms, and an emergency department.

The company said the Fulton Medical Center data proves the need for the hospital.

Reports show the medical center has been financially challenged for years.

The report also said the need is there because there are no other hospitals within a certain range where the proposed site is.

ABC 17 News looked and the closest one is University Hospital which is about 4 miles away, which is also the same for Boone Hospital.

In the report there were letters of support from State Representative Travis Fitzwater, The University of Missouri Healthcare system, Fulton’s mayor, and state senator Jeanie Riddle.

Riddle said, “The new facility in Columbia would ensure that the hospital in Fulton has the financial stability needed to serve the community for years to come.”

Approval or denial of the certificate of need is set to happen in July.

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