Tenet to build South Carolina hospital after 15-year legal battle

After years of legal back-and-forth, Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare is moving forward with plans to build a $150 million medical center in Fort Mill, S.C., according to The Post and Courier.

Tenet first filed an application with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to build the Fort Mill hospital in 2005 as an extension of Tenet's Piedmont Medical Center.

But two North Carolina healthcare systems also applied to build a hospital in Fort Mill in 2005: Charlotte-based Presbyterian Healthcare System, which rebranded to Novant Health in 2013, and Charlotte-based Carolinas Healthcare System,  now Atrium Health. 

Tenet won the rights to the project in 2006, but the two other systems appealed the decision.  

The court battle among the organizations carried on for years. Presbyterian eventually withdrew its application, but Atrium Health continued to fight the Tenet project. 

About a year ago, the South Carolina Supreme Court sided with Tenet.

Tenet said it plans to submit more details about the project to the state health department this year. 

Construction is expected to take up to two years. 

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