The Georgia Supreme Court gave WellStar Health System the green light on Monday to move ahead with building a new outpatient surgical center at its east Cobb health park on Roswell Road.
In a unanimous decision, the court decided against Northside Hospital, which opposed the surgical center because it covered the same area of patients as one owned by Northside.
The decision allows WellStar to finish out the $73 million health park, which covers 162,000-square-foot in east Cobb with an outpatient surgery center. The new health park will open in September, said Tyler Pearson, a spokesman for WellStar.
Northside Hospital appealed the decision all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court because it said the law that permits hospitals to apply for surgery centers was unconstitutionally vague.
In Georgia, any hospital proposing to build a new health care facility has to get a certificate of need from the Department of Community Health, said Jane Hansen, high court spokeswoman. WellStar needed one of these certificates to build the surgical center, but Northside opposed it.