A new quote from cyberspace:
"Paris Imaging Center is now open for business--and you know that Hud has to be really, really, chapped.... A professional, new, up-to-date facility, (on the loop, yet!) surely can't sit well. It's like a maple sap spigot that's jammed into E$$ent's side, and there are plenty more to follow.
When La Quinta made their announcement that it would be used for patient recovery and their families, for the new "physician's offices" next-door, I had my suspicions. I figured it wasn't going to be the standard family practice/ internal medicine suites. Well, it sailed through the rezoning with only minor contention from the other hotel/motel owners. I figure that outpatient surgery center is not the exclusive province of the hospital...something tells me it's a GI/Bariatric surgery center. When Dr Dickey dropped his privileges at the hospital, he divorced himself from the possibility of divided loyalties. Now he has privileges at Clarksville (and he's not the only one checking out the territory. You'd be surprised....)
I figure that it's not Ortho, and Cardiology is still looking at their own--and trying to sell space. Maybe general surgery, or plastics, but it doesn't seem likely.
No, I'd say it's a niche hospital/surgical center, and it's going to hit E$$ent hard--right in their insurance claims.
Now the question is: Who's going to buy the intervening space between the Imaging Center and the La Quinta? Maybe E$$ent will resort to the old Monty technique of buying the competition...after all, that's what got us into this fix."