A state agency has denied a local group’s application to develop an independent, inpatient hospice facility in Macon County.
The Hospice House Foundation had applied to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for a Certificate of Need (CON) that would have allowed them to build a new hospice facility in the county with six inpatient hospice beds. In a letter sent out last Friday, Feb. 25, that application was denied.
“We are very disappointed in the state’s decision not to approve our Certificate of Need application,” said Michele Alderson, president of the Hospice House Foundation of WNC. “We had hoped for approval but were aware that a Certificate of Need is not always awarded to the applicant during the first submission.”