An exam room in the emergency department of Mission Hospital.

ASHEVILLE – After facing a monopoly complaint earlier this year, Mission Hospital’s application for a $29 million standing emergency room near Candler was approved by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services for its certificate of need, according to a Sept. 25 news release from Mission.

This is the second time a CON for the Candler ER has been approved ― the first CON for the project had been reversed earlier this year.

Mission, owned by Tennessee-based, for-profit HCA Healthcare, sought the CON for a 12-bed “Smokey Park ER” it said will “enable EMS teams coming from this direction to get back on the road faster and serve more patients,” according to a Mission Health news release.

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