Tenet wins state court de­ci­sion to build new South Carolina hospi­tal

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Beth Kutscher

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.

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