Carolinas HealthCare presses on in fight over new hospital in South Carolina

Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System has filed an appeal of an administrative law judge's ruling that Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C., is the best applicant for the required certificate of need to build a hospital in Fort Mill, S.C., according to a Charlotte Business Journal report.

The administrative law judge's ruling came after a 10-year battle over which hospital or system would be permitted to build a hospital in FortMill.

PMC was first chosen to be issued the required certificate of need in May 2006, a decision that was appealed. Subsequently, the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control awarded the certificate of need to Carolinas HealthCare in 2011, and PMC appealed the award to the South Carolina Administrative Law Court.

In March 2014, continuing the back-and-forth conflict, an administrative law judge chose PMC to build the hospital. After Carolinas HealthCare appealed that decision, the judge affirmed his decision by choosing PMC as the best applicant for the certificate of need on appeal in December 2014.

However, Carolinas HealthCare hasn't given up on building the hospital. By appealing the administrative law judge's decision, the system hopes to win regulatory approval to construct a facility in FortMill, according to the report.

PMC told the Charlotte Business Journal it was in receipt of the notice of appeal filed by Carolinas HealthCare and is reviewing what its next steps in this process will be.

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