State administrative law judge says no to proposed 80-bed hospital near Scripps Florida campus

State administrative law judge says no to proposed 80-bed hospital near Scripps Florida campus

Saying that northern Palm Beach County’s hospital market is saturated with empty beds, a state judge has recommended against Tenet Healthcare’s application to build an 80-bed hospital across from Scripps Florida in Palm Beach Gardens.

The decision was a major victory for Jupiter Medical Center and HCA’s West Palm Hospital, which argued they’d lose millions if the project went forward. But it throws into uncertainty Kolter Group Co.’s tentative plans for a major development next to the proposed hospital. It also clouds the financial picture for scientific institute Scripps Florida.

The California-based institute’s $310 million state grant expires this year. Tenet would have paid Scripps $5 million a year in rent and donations to build on the public land designated for Scripps.

The battle isn’t over yet, however. Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) must now issue a final order. A decision should come in 45 days.

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