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Report: Christ Hospital to Appeal Ruling that Blocked Its Ft. Mitchell Plans

Christ Hospital plans to appeal the Kentucky circuit court judge's ruling that blocked its plans to open an ambulatory surgical center in Ft. Mitchell.

The plan was to be part of a $135 million mixed-use development on the site of the former Drawbridge Inn.

In June of last year, a state judge gave Christ the OK to move forward, but the decision was challenged by St. Elizabeth Healthcare, which claims there is no need for another surgical center in the region, and that any business siphoned off by Christ would decrease the amount of funds available for St. E to treat low-income patients.

A Franklin County Circuit Court judge agreed a year later, and argued that Christ had not presented evidence that shows a need for the center.

The Cincinnati Business Courier reports that Christ will takes its case to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

“What we have learned by caring for and speaking with Northern Kentucky residents is that they prefer and are asking for more health care options in the communities where they live," Christ CEO Mike Keating told the Business Courier. "So we have decided to appeal the court’s decision because we believe we can provide those needed health care options, notwithstanding the efforts of others to limit competition.”

A comment from St. Elizabeth CEO Garrin Colvin suggested that the Northern Kentucky-based healthcare network believes any appeal by Christ will fail.

The proposed Christ site is set to be developed by Bellevue-based Brandicorp.

The nearby Montgomery Inn location was closed with its owners saying that the rejection of Christ's plans forced its hands after years of losing money. The restaurant had anticipated a business boost from the planned development.

-Staff report

Photo: Site of proposed Christ development in Ft. Mitchell (RCN file)