Certificate of Need

Triad hospitals are in a high stakes battle over Certificate of Need — but what is it?

Earlier this month, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services gave its conditional approval to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist’s quarter-billion-dollar plan for a new hospital in Greensboro. Atrium says their new hospital proposal is meant to help people get health care close to home. Competing health care provider Cone Health has appealed the decision, claiming that the plan is all about profits.