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Board denies Dubuque hospital's request for cancer equipment

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -- A state board has denied an eastern Iowa hospital's request to buy equipment used in radiation therapy, dealing a blow to plans for a $25 million cancer center.

The Telegraph Herald reports the State Health Facilities Council denied Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque's request Thursday.

Council member Roger Thomas says the hospital's plan wasn't ready to go yet.

Mercy President and CEO Kay Takes says plans for the center won't be abandoned.

The facility would be a partnership between Mercy and Medical Associates Clinic. Officials had hoped to open the center in 2019 or 2020.

Eric Engelman, of Medical Associates Clinic, says the cancer center would provide all cancer services in one location.

UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital officials argue that they're already providing the necessary services at the Wendt Cancer Center.

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