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Case No. 18-1835

Surgery Center of Cedar Rapids v. Iowa Department of Public Health

Surgery Center of Cedar Rapids, Plaintiff-Appellant


Iowa Department of Public Health, State Health Facilities Council, Defendant-Appellee


Mercy Hospital Cedar Rapids d/b/a Mercy Medical Center, Fox Eye Surgery, LLC, Intervenors


Unity Point Health Cedar Rapids d/b/a St. Luke's Hospital, Intervenor-Appellant

Attorney for Appellants

Douglas E. Gross and Rebecca A. Brommel

Attorney for Appellee State

Heather L. Adams, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for Intervenor Fox Eye Surgery, LLC

Douglas A. Fulton, Robert V.P. Waterman, Jr., and Michael P. Byrne

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 01, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Paul D. Scott, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Doyle, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (18 pages)

            Surgery Center of Cedar Rapids and intervenor UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids appeal from the district court’s ruling on judicial review affirming the Iowa Department of Health’s decision to issue a certificate of need to Fox Eye Surgery, LLC (Fox Eye).  OPINION HOLDS: Like the district court, we affirm the department’s approval of Fox Eye’s application for a certificate of need.

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