Parkridge Health drops appeal against planned $100M rival hospital

Parkridge Hospital, one of four hospitals with Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Parkridge Health System, has withdrawn its appeal of CHI Memorial's certificate-of-need approval for a proposed hospital in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., reported Dec. 12.

CHI Memorial, part of Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, plans to invest more than $100 million to replace the former Tri-County Hospital with a new 64-bed facility. 

Parkridge Health said in a statement it is prioritizing the development of two freestanding emergency departments at Camp Jordan in East Ridge, and Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.

The health system previously opposed plans for the CHI Memorial hospital because it would be just 5 miles from its planned emergency department in East Ridge. In documents obtained by News Channel 9, Parkridge Health said the hospital would "duplicate services in a region that is already well served while reducing access to care for the patient base historically served by CHI Georgia." 

On Dec. 9, Parkridge Health notified CHI Memorial of its decision to drop the appeal, according to

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