- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has let stand the state’s approval of a plan by Harrison HMA, owners of Gulf Coast Medical Center, to build a hospital in Biloxi.

The Mississippi Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project in 2012. Mississippi requires a CON in a process designed to avoid duplication of health care services and control costs.

The CON was challenged by Singing River Health System, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Garden Park Medical Center. A Hinds County judge upheld the CON in 2013.

The three hospitals argued Harrison HMA was building a new hospital not replacing or relocating an existing hospital.

The state Court of Appeals upheld the CON last year.

The Supreme Court upheld the Appeals Court decision without comment Thursday.

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