Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
Thirty-six states including the Carolinas have “Certificate of Need” laws, which are intended to control expenses on health care services and facilities and ensure access to services for all. But the laws are under increasing attack by some who see them as limiting competition and driving up costs.
On Friday, Feb. 21, from 8:30 to 10am, representatives from Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health will join N.C. Senator Jeff Tarte as they discuss the merits and challenges of the N.C. Certificate of Need process.
Speakers will include:
- State Sen. Jeff Tarte (R-Conrelius), vice chair of the Senate Health Care Committee, which is currently studying the issue.
- Del Murphy, senior vice president with Carolinas HealthCare System’s management company. Murphy has worked in health care for 30 years and specializes in health systems planning and business development.
- Tanya Blackmon, president of Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center since 2009. She also serves as a member of the North Carolina Hospital Association Policy Committee and an alternate delegate for the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Committee
Chamber president Bill Russell said the process of hospital and medical expansion is critical to the business and economic development of the Lake Norman region.
“Healthcare is a critical component of our quality of life and has a major impact on business expansion and relocation. We are fortunate at Lake Norman to have several outstanding healthcare providers, among them Novant Health, Carolina HealthCare System, and Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. The biggest concern facing us today is our ability to expand our health care facilities and meet the needs of our growing and diverse region. This particular session of our Focus Friday gives our business community a chance to weigh in on the certificate of need process. Is the current CON process a prudent and fiscally responsible state policy or one which requires healthcare providers to compete for beds?”
Focus Friday is held in the Randy Marion Conference Room at the Lake Norman Chamber, 19900 W. Catawba Ave. in Cornelius. While Focus Friday is intended for Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members, it is open to anyone interested in the topic. Focus Friday is sponsored by Corneliusnews.net and Davidsonnews.net.
CorneliusNews.net and DavidsonNews.net are pleased to sponsor the chamber’s monthly Focus Friday sessions
More information on LakeNormanChamber.org
Past coverage of Focus Friday forums on CorneliusNews.net.