Carolinas HealthCare won't back down in 10-year fight over new hospital

A South Carolina administrative law judge has blocked Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System's attempt to delay construction of a new hospital in South Carolina, according to a Charlotte Business Journal report.

In December 2014, after a 10-year battle over which hospital or system would be permitted to build a hospital in Fort Mill, S.C., an administrative law judge ruled Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C., was the best applicant for the required certificate of need for the project.

Carolinas HealthCare attempted to block the construction project, but its endeavor has been shut down by an administrative law judge. However, the system plans to petition the South Carolina Court of Appeals to issue a stay until the case has been reviewed, according to the report.

Carolinas HealthCare released a statement that said it believes "the appeals process should be concluded before the CON is issued," according to the report.

In the meantime, Piedmont Medical Center is already working with various parties, including architects and community leaders, to design the new hospital in Fort Mill.

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