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2004 Florida Statutes

Rural hospital replacement facilities.
Section 395.6025, Florida Statutes 2004

395.6025  Rural hospital replacement facilities.--Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 408.036, a hospital defined as a statutory rural hospital in accordance with s. 395.602, or a not-for-profit operator of rural hospitals, is not required to obtain a certificate of need for the construction of a new hospital located in a county with a population of at least 15,000 but no more than 18,000 and a density of less than 30 persons per square mile, or a replacement facility, provided that the replacement, or new, facility is located within 10 miles of the site of the currently licensed rural hospital and within the current primary service area. As used in this section, the term "service area" means the fewest number of zip codes that account for 75 percent of the hospital's discharges for the most recent 5-year period, based on information available from the hospital inpatient discharge database in the State Center for Health Statistics at the Agency for Health Care Administration.

History.--s. 3, ch. 2003-258.