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Senate passes bill for hospital extension; now it’s Crist’s turn

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By Alice Du Pont

The Florida Senate passed the bill Monday that would give Gadsden County a 12-month extension on the Gadsden Community Hospital license. The extension will become effective when Gov. Charlie Crist signs it.

Mike Glazer, attorney for the is Gadsden Hospital Inc. Board of Directors, said the news is wonderful but there is a lot of work to do.

"It's still 8 to 12 months before operations. You need to get senior management in place and get with the medical community to find out what they need," Glazer said.

He also informed the board that he filed the inactive license application Monday. He said the deadline for filing was Wednesday but he wanted to wait until the Senate had passed the bill granting the extension.

The GHI board was also informed by Glazer that the $2.3 million is not required by the Agency of Health Care Administration to open the hospital. County commissioners discussed requesting the money from the hospital endowment fund. Charles Chatman, liaison between the commissioners and the GHI board, said AHCA recommends that the hospital have a certain amount on deposit but did not specify an amount.

Board members were given a guided tour of the facility, which is 80 percent completed.