We must admit, we are flabbergasted that the Certificate of Need (CON) was denied CMC – Lincoln, and we question the reasons cited by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
For Health and Human Services to dismiss CMC-Lincolnâ€™s population and service projections as inaccurate prompts us to ask them, upon what basis did they arrive at their determination? More pointedly, we think Health and Human Services is acting more like the ostrich whose head is in the sand, mistakenly believing that if it doesnâ€™t see the issue, it doesnâ€™t exist.
The fact of the matter is, Lincoln County is growing â€” and fast. Not only that, the current hospital is antiquated. Despite having been a state-of-the-art facility in the 1970s, there is no question a new hospital is urgently needed. CMC – Lincoln may be adequately addressing todayâ€™s needs. The question is, what about tomorrow?
Like so many things, technology is rapidly changing the face of modern medicine. Lincoln County has to meet those challenges, not just for today, but for tomorrow. In order to do that, the NC Department of Health and Human Services has to be a stepping stone, not a roadblock.
by Steve Steiner