Tenet wins state court decision to build new South Carolina hospital
Tenet Healthcare Corp. on April 1 won a victory in South Carolina’s administrative law court that will allow it to build a 100-bed hospital in the town of Fort Mill.
Four health systems had vied for a 2005 certificate of need to build a new hospital in York County, which is part of the Charlotte, N.C., metropolitan area. Tenet’s Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C., initially won the bid, but after the decision was contested in court, the certificate of need ultimately was granted to Carolinas HealthCare System.
In a statement, Carolinas HealthCare said it was “surprised and disappointed” that the court did not affirm its proposal and handed the project back to Piedmont. The Charlottebased system said it was reviewing the findings to determine what its next steps would be.
Dallas-based Tenet did not disclose when it would begin construction on the medical center, which is projected to cost $119.8 million, plus any financing fees. The facility will serve as a sister hospital to 280-bed Piedmont and CEO Bill Masterton will oversee both campuses.
Piedmont’s plans call for a hospital with 64 new acute-care beds, identified as necessary in the 2004-2005 South Carolina Health Plan, as well as an additional 36 licensed beds transferred from Piedmont’s Rock Hill location.
Carolinas’ plan called for a 64-bed, $79.1 million facility.
In his decision, administrative law judge Phillip Lenski said he weighed a number of factors, including how each proposal would affect competition in the region. He also pointed out that Piedmont has a long-standing contract with the county to provide nonhospital services, such as ambulance transport, often at a loss.