Vermont's largest hospital is considering expanding, so it can offer most of its patients private rooms.
Fletcher Allen Health Care wants state permission to build 48 new patient rooms in a new two-story building. Cost estimates run up to $85 million.
The hospital is planning to submit its application for the planning phase within the next few weeks. Once the planning is done, the hospital could apply for permission to construct the building.
A spokesman for the hospital says the goal is to make sure 90 percent of the hospital's patients are in private rooms.