Tennessee approves plans for $17M ASC, rejects competitor's oversaturation claims


Watauga Orthopaedics has received approval to build a $17 million surgery center in Johnson City, Tenn., ABC affiliate WJHL reports.

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency voted 6-2 Oct. 28 in favor of the certificate of need request.

Attorneys for a competing surgery center argued that the market was oversaturated and the proposed ASC would negatively affect other surgery centers in the area.

The state regulator rejected these claims.

Watauga Orthopaedics, a 20-physician group, will proceed with plans to build the four-operating room surgery center, which is projected to open in 18 to 24 months.

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