JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee approved nine applications for new Certificates of Need, one non-applicability request, six extensions, an ownership change, one cost overrun and one voluntary forfeiture on Monday.
Of the new applications approved nearly $7 million was for new equipment at four different facilities. SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis and Heartland Region Medical Center in St. Joseph were both approved to replace 14-year-old MRI machines. SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis was approved to replace an aging Cardiac Cath Lab.
SSM Health DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton was approved to purchase an additional biplane, a machine primarily used for strokes. They currently have a biplane that is 8-years-old and a single plane that is 12-years-old, both systems have an end of life of seven years. Their biplane is down on average 26 hours a month.
Three facilities were approved for additional assisted-living facility beds. Mason Pointe Assisted Living Facility was approved for 16 additional ALF beds, Tiffany Springs Senior Care Community was approved for 14 additional ALF beds, and Garden Villas North was approved for 20 additional beds.
Garden Villas of Meramec Valley was approved to establish 60 ALF beds and Cedarhurst of West Plains Assisted Living & Memory Care was approved to establish 84 ALF beds.
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