The Washington State Department of Health has delayed a decision on Providence St. Mary Medical Center’s proposal to expand its ambulatory surgical care again.
The state Certificate of Need Program was expected this week to issue a long-awaited decision on the proposal. Instead it said the decision will be delayed another 30 days due to a staffing shortage that has put application processing behind schedule.
A decision is expected April 23.
Providence plans to use a portion of the former Walla Walla General for two operating rooms and two procedure rooms.
The goal is to help restore capacity lost when General closed in 2017.