Franklin Medical Center has the chance to reopen due to a provision in North Carolina’s 2017 budget. Previously, free-standing emergency departments were only allowed to open in counties that had a licensed hospital. Franklin Medical Center was Franklin County’s only hospital, which prevented a free-standing ED from being established in the county after the hospital closed. However, the budget permits free-standing EDs to open as long as there is a licensed hospital in an adjoining county.
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