Ala. Clears Way for Stand-Alone Emergency Rooms

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- State officials have adopted rules to establish stand-alone emergency medical centers in Alabama. reported ( ) Wednesday that the rules are also expected to regulate the stand-alone emergency rooms, which are typically miles from their parent hospitals.

Stand-alone emergency departments don't exist in the state yet, although three in the Birmingham area have already been approved for construction.

The Alabama Certificate of Need review board approved stand-alone emergency rooms for the Brookwood Medical Center in September 2010 and the Baptist Health System and UAB Medical West in November 2012.

A spokesman for Brookwood says their planned 19,000 square-foot facility could be completed within about a year after a lawsuit from Trinity Medical Center is resolved.

The case is before the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.

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