|Michael F. Easley
|Carmen Hooker Odom
For Release: IMMEDIATE
|Contact: Jim Jones|
Six public hearings set to discuss state’s health facilities needs
RALEIGH ¬– The North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council plans six public hearings this summer to gather public comment on the Proposed 2008 State Medical Facilities Plan.
The hearings will be conducted July 13 through Aug. 1 at locations across the state. The hearings provide the public an opportunity to comment on all aspects of the proposed plan. “Public comment is a critical part of the process that shapes and fine-tunes the State Plan,” said Robert J. Fitzgerald, director of the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation, formerly the Division of Facility Services.
The State Medical Facilities Plan, updated annually, promotes cost-effective
approaches and expands medical services to the medically underserved.
The plan projects need for acute care hospital beds, operating rooms,
other acute care services, inpatient rehabilitation beds, technology
services and equipment, nursing care beds, home health agencies, kidney
dialysis stations, hospice home care programs and inpatient beds, psychiatric
hospitals, substance abuse treatment facilities, adult care home beds
and intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded.
Comments and petitions received during the hearings are considered by the State Health Coordinating Council and, upon incorporation of all changes approved by the Council a final draft of the plan is presented to the governor for his review and approval.
With the governor's approval, the State Medical Facilities Plan becomes the official document for health facility and health service planning in North Carolina for the specified calendar year.
The Proposed 2008 State Medical Facilities Plan is available online
Those who wish to review or purchase the Proposed 2008 Plan or who want information about the plan or the series of public hearings may also call 919-855-3865, or write to:
Inquiries may be made to the same address about comments or petitions received regarding the Proposed Plan. In addition, copies of the Proposed Plan will be made available to all Area Health Education Centers and to all regional Councils of Government.
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