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Hospital goes to court over missed deadline

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center hopes to compete with a nearby hospital for the right to build a new cancer service, but first it has to overcome missing a deadline for its application.

The hospital had planned to compete if Mary Washington filed a plan for a cancer center. However, when Mary Washington filed an application in April, the action went unnoticed, reports The Free Lance-Star. Spotsylvania Regional eventually learned of the plan and filed an application of its own, but missed the deadline by a day.

When the state refused to extend the filing deadline, the hospital filed an appeal in Richmond Circuit Court. Judge Melvin Hughes heard the case yesterday, but postponed a decision on the hospital’s appeal, saying he needed a few days to review the paperwork.

Attorneys for Mary Washington and the Health Department have asked that the appeal be dismissed, arguing that the case should have been filed in Spotsylvania rather than Richmond.

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