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State rejects Sacred Heart expansion plans at Spokane hospital

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The state Health Department has rejected plans to for a $175 million expansion at Spokane's Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

The Spokesman-Review reports that expansion would have added 152 beds, making Sacred Heart the state's biggest hospital within five years. Construction had been expected to create up to 700 jobs.

But state regulators decided the extra beds weren't needed, and that Spokane's four hospitals already have enough space to serve the region. Some of those hospitals, including Deaconness Medical Center, objected to the expansion plans, saying Sacred Heart was trying to steal business from them.

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