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Health Planning Panel Nixes Request to Buy Living Center

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Health Planning Panel Nixes Request to Buy Living Center

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A request for a certificate of need to purchase Cedar Creek Living Center in Norman for $1.9 million was denied Tuesday by t he Oklahoma Health Planning Commission.

Tecomah, Wash.-based Hillhaven Corp., which was granted certificates of need to purchase several other nursing facilities in Oklahoma in March, including Rosewood Manor in Norman, had proposed to buy the 89-bed Cedar Creek facility.

The present owner of Cedar Creek, listed in the certificate of need, is Cedar Creek Living Center Limited.

Hillhaven's certificate of need for the purchase of Cedar Creek was initially slated for the March health planning commission meeting. The item was deferred in order for Hillhaven to prepare a study about whether it would be feasible to install a special care unit at the facility. The study was based on special care units established at other Hillhaven-owned facilities around the country, which are used for the special care and treatment of patients who have Alzheimer's disease and similar disorders.

Chuck Gonzales, a certified public accountant employed by Hillhaven, told the planning commission Tuesday that the report showed it was not feasible for a special care unit to be established at Cedar Creek.

The commission unanimously denied the certificate of need. Hillhaven has 30 days to file an appeal of the decision.

In other matters:

- The commission agreed to classify a certificate of need application for a $13.5 million psychiatric hospital in Tulsa as incomplete at this time, pending a revision of the application.

St. Francis Hospital Inc. of Tulsa had applied for the certificate. The hearing for the psychiatric hospital was slated for 10 a.m. today.

However, during a separate hearing Tuesday in which St. Francis was granted a certificate of need for a $2.96 million renovation project of its invasive cardiac department, Bob Degan, assistant administrator of St. …

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