A week earlier, Henry Ford Health System filed a CON letter of intent to build a 116-bed, $161.8 million hospital also in Oxford. But because Henry Ford did not file a formal application by the Feb. 1 deadline for the state’s comparative review, Henry Ford will have to wait until June to file the application, giving it a slim possibility of winning approval, a state official said.
However, a Henry Ford Health spokesman said in an email to Crain’s that the health system did file its certificate of need application by the Feb. 1 deadline. The system did not respond to requests for further information Tuesday night.
“We are still very early in this process. But, as Michigan’s largest health system, it is our duty to serve the community and provide as much access as possible to our connected network of high-quality medical care providers,” Beaumont Health CEO John Fox said in a statement.
Since more than a decade ago, when Ascension Health opened St. John Providence Park Hospital in Novi and Henry Ford Health System opened Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, health care systems have targeted business growth potential in Oakland County. But building a hospital is costly and difficult, especially in Michigan with its CON, so Beaumont was stymied on its plans. Then came the economic downturn of 2008-09 and all major construction plans came to a halt.
Several years ago, McLaren Health Care Corp. proposed to build a $300 million hospital at its 80-acre McLaren Health Care Village at Clarkston. State certificate-of-need officials turned down its request.
But last September, the Michigan CON Commission updated its bed census and usage data and designated Oxford as a limited access area community, said Beth Nagle, division director with the MDHHS. The Oxford area was identified as needing 117 beds.
Nagle said Henry Ford could apply for a hospital in Oxford in June. However, the Oxford area was designated as only needing 117 beds.
“If we get two applications for 100 beds (and the need is 100 beds), only one can be approved,” Nagle said.