“State law allows any ‘affected parties,’ defined as anyone who gets
health care in the geographic area served by the hospital, other places
that provide similar care or third-party payers such as health insurance
companies, to request a public hearing to state their reasons for
challenging the application,” Mary Meehan reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. “The other large hospital chains operating in Lexington did not request a public hearing and had no comment.”
The beds would be added to the hospital’s new tower, which is half empty, and bring its total to 945 beds.