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.
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.