Ave Maria, Fla. — We are pleased to announce that the Certificate of Need (CON) application for the Braden Hospital was submitted today in Tallahassee to the State of Florida. It included 200 pages of hard facts documenting the specific medical needs of our community, well over 650 individual letters, and over 2000 pages of supporting information. It is an impressive document.
We wish to thank all those who wrote letters in support of our application. These letters are critical as they document both community support and medical need. Each letter submitted will be read by the reviewer from the State of Florida. The real life stories that you told us were powerful and only strengthened our resolve to build this hospital. In our research of previous CON applications, not one had the number of individual letters of support that we received. These letters ran the gamut of people in our community including Collier Enterprises, one of the largest landholders in the State to a lady named Betty who listed her address as “Homeless.”
We encourage you to write Letters to the Editor to your local papers, contact your area’s political representatives and to continue, in the best way you see fit, to encourage the State of Florida to approve the application. We believe in both prayer and work. We have worked extremely hard to create the best application that we could. Now that our work on the application is done, it is time to pray for a good outcome. Please join us in this effort.
We will keep you updated on the progress of the application in the weeks to come. The next date to be aware of is May 4th when the deadline for existing hospitals to submit written opposition to the Braden Hospital CON application is due. We hope, and believe, that the healthcare community will support the new hospital and we look forward to collaborating with other healthcare partners to meet the needs of our patients.
Again, thank you for all that you have done.
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