House Bill No. 1345

BY: Senator(s) Flowers

     AMEND by inserting the following new subsection after line 1119 and renumber:

     (*)  The State Department of Health shall issue a certificate of need to an acute care hospital which is located in DeSoto County and which is currently licensed for more than one hundred fifty (150) acute care beds, for the construction of a new acute care hospital in the City of Olive Branch in DeSoto County, not to exceed one hundred (100) acute care beds.  For purposes of this subsection, the provisions of Section 41-7-193(1) requiring substantial compliance with the projection of need as reported in the current State Health Plan are waived.

     FURTHER, AMEND the title amendment to conform.