In September of 2011, it was reported Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) awarded the certificate of need for a new Fort Mill Hospital to Carolinas Medical Center. Tuesday April 1, 2014 an Administrative Law Court judge reversed DHEC’s ruling and awarded the new Fort Mill Hospital location to Piedmont Medical Center. Herald reporter Don Worthington said in his article, the court’s reasons for the reserve decision were “Potential economic harm to Piedmont Medical Center, combined with the hospital’s commitment to York County”.
Piedmont Medical Center’s website for the Fort Mill Hospital www.fortmillmedical.com has been updated stating the 100-bed hospital at the intersection of S.C. 160 and U.S. 21 is “closer than you have ever been to having your own hospital”. The Charlottes Business Journal headline states the PMC Fort Mill hospital should be open in 2018. There are no current reports that CMC will appeal the court’s decision, so the fight may not be over yet.
Here are a few published details about the PMC Fort Mill Hospital –A 100-bed hospital to offer 24-hour emergency service, comprehensive women’s unit, cardiology services and 10-bed ICU. The hospital will be 221,895 square feet, add 400 jobs to Fort Mill, and add 4.3 Million in Tax revenues.
Update May 20th, 2014,
The S.C. Administrative Law Court judge Phillip Lenski has vacated his order giving Piedmont Medical Center permission to build a new Fort Mill hospital after Carolinas HealthCare asked Lenski to reconsider his decision. Vacating his order means it no longer exists. It looks like there will be more waiting ahead. So far this process or battle has been going on for over 10 years now.