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Business Roundup: Tenet Wins Latest Round in SC Hospital Fight

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 8, 2014

Tenet, Community Health Systems, and Mercy Health have individually finalized separate deals to build, operate, and merge healthcare organizations from Pennsylvania to Florida.

Tenet Healthcare Corp. has won the latest round in a twisting eight-year battle to build a hospital in burgeoning Fort Mill, SC.

A South Carolina Administration Law Court overturned an earlier state ruling and awarded a certificate of need to Tenet-owned Piedmont Medical Center, which plans to build a 100-bed, $120 million Fort Mills Medical Center.

"We celebrate today with the community of Fort Mill as they are one step closer to getting the high-quality hospital that they have deserved for years," Bill Masterton, CEO of Piedmont Medical Center, said in prepared remarks. "Fort Mill Medical Center will deliver trusted healthcare services in the heart of town as we extend the quality programs that residents have come to expect from Piedmont Medical Center."

The ruling released last week is the latest wrinkle in a case that dates back to 2006. Piedmont had originally been awarded the CON by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Carolinas HealthCare System successfully appealed the ruling in September, 2011. Piedmont appealed that ruling and the case was heard in April 2013 by Administrative Law Judge S. Phillip Lenski, who overturned the DHEC ruling in his decision last week.

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