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Unnamed health-care company scouting city for sites
By Al Everson
posted Dec 5, 2012 - 7:40:33am
The biggest city in Volusia County may be poised to get a hospital.
Deltona officials are saying little, but insist that a health-care entity — whose identity they are not disclosing — is gathering information about the area’s medical needs, and scouting for possible sites inside the city.
“They’re doing the research. We’ve had several things happen that look very favorable, and we can’t say what they are,” Deltona Economic Development Administrator Jerry Mayes said. “Hopefully, in a couple of weeks, we may have an announcement.”
Under Florida law, state and local agencies seeking to recruit new or expanding businesses may keep their negotiations confidential.
City Attorney Becky Vose confirmed a health-care provider is, indeed, looking over Deltona, but she refrained from naming names.
“I can tell you they are extremely real. They are very real,” she said.
The news comes four years after Florida Hospitals purchased about 11 acres at the northwest corner of Doyle Road and State Road 415. Florida Hospitals officials told city leaders at that time that they might build outpatient medical facilities there and gradually expand those into a hospital.
The site in question is inside the Osteen joint-planning area, a tract of approximately 3,000 acres whose future development is to be guided by an agreement between the City of Deltona and Volusia County.
Before a hospital could be developed in Deltona, the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration would have to issue a license, known as a certificate of need, for a prescribed number of hospital beds.
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