In a letter to Gary Horan, president and CEO of Trinitas, Jackie Cornell, the health department’s principal deputy commissioner, said that the department considered the CN application, responses to completeness questions, written comments, department staff recommendations, public testimony and the state health planning board recommendations.
Cornell said that Trinitas’ attempt to secure data to demonstrate need was unsuccessful.
Horan said that he is disappointed and surprised by the decision.
“It’s the first time that the health department overturned a decision by the health planning board. The primary premise of the letter from the health department is unsubstantiated and untrue.”
“The report is flawed and there are other issues that need to be examined and explored.”
Horan said that Trinitas intends go through the appeal process and avail itself to all remedies.
Trinitas has been making the case that it meets the criteria for Level II status because it is one of the busiest emergency departments in the state and meets the trauma criteria, which includes gunshot, stab wounds, and automobile accidents.