Tuesday, the Eastern Virginia Health Systems Agency recommended an 80 bed repacement hospital for DePaul Medical Center. The discussions at times were heated.
“If you don’t approve this, then you’re looking at a future that doesn’t have DePaul in it,” said Daniel Duggan, executive vice president/administrator for DePaul. “Then you’ve got a real mess on your hands.”
DePaul Medical Center faces one more critical hurdle in implementing it’s hospital plan. The State Health Commissioner’s decision is expected at the end of this year or in early 2008.
“It is ultimately up to the state health commissioner – who, by state law, must approve all major health care projects – to accept or reject the board’s recommendations. The options range from accepting Sentara’s and Bon Secours’ original proposals to flat-out rejecting them and everything in between”