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MOUNT PLEAS­ANT, S.C.—

A re­place­ment hospi­tal for 106-bed East Cooper Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Mount Pleas­ant, opened ear­lier this month. The new 130-bed East Cooper Med­i­cal Cen­ter cost about $150 mil­lion to build and equip, ac­cord­ing to a spokes­woman. The new hospi­tal is twice as large in square feet as the old hospi­tal and in­cludes a 64-slice CT scan­ner, eight op­er­at­ing rooms, a Level III emer­gency depart­ment with he­li­copter land­ing pad, a 10-bed neona­tal nurs­ery, 14 la­bor and de­liv­ery rooms and 28 pri­vate post­par­tum rooms and a mem­ory gar­den. The old hospi­tal build­ing is up for sale. Tenet Health­care Corp., Dal­las, owns the fa­cil­i­ties.

WASH­ING­TON—

A busi­ness group once hailed as a sav­ior for a trou­bled District of Columbia hospi­tal last week got booted from an own­er­ship deal af­ter fail­ing to pay on a num­ber of city-backed loans and grants. Spe­cialty Hos­pi­tals of Amer­ica, Portsmouth, N.H., failed to make loan pay­ments in 2009 and failed to meet agreed-upon per­for­mance mea­sures, ac­cord­ing to le­gal pa­pers filed by the at­tor­ney gen­eral for the district. In late 2007, the city ap­proved a mea­sure that au­tho­rized the use of $79 bil­lion in pub­lic funds to clinch the sale of Greater South­east Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal, which later be­came United Med­i­cal Cen­ter. The SHA deal in­cluded a $20 mil­lion loan for work­ing cap­i­tal and $30 mil­lion for equip­ment up­grades. An­other $29 mil­lion went for ac­qui­si­tion costs, which in­cluded pay­roll re­quire­ments for nurses and doc­tors who went un­paid un­der the pre­vi­ous own­ers, En­vi­sion Hospi­tal Corp. The District now has con­trol over the med­i­cal cen­ter, which will con­tinue to pro­vide in­pa­tient and out-pa­tient ser­vices. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from SHA did not re­spond to an e-mail seek­ing com­ment.

The new East Cooper Med­i­cal Cen­ter cost about $150 mil­lion to build and equip.

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