FAYETTEVILLE, Ga.-Officials of Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, broke ground last month for a new 100-bed community hospital in Fayette County, about 15 miles south of Atlanta. The 141,000-square-foot hospital is expected to cost $31.5 million to build and is scheduled to open in summer 1997. An $11 million, 80,000-square-foot professional office building will be constructed next to the new hospital. It will open later this year. Fayette Community Hospital will compete with Southern Regional Medical Center. All three hospitals are partners of Promina Health System, Atlanta.
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla.-Fearing Seminole County, Fla., might lose $400,000 in tax revenues, county commissioners approved a resolution last month that favors for-profit hospitals because they are taxpayers. The resolution, which was altered somewhat after lobbying by area not-for-profits, is one effect of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.'s effort to publicize its belief that tax-exempt hospitals provide fewer community benefits than for-profits. Columbia is locked in a legal struggle with not-for-profit Orlando Regional Medical Center over ownership of for-profit South Seminole Hospital in Longwood, an Orlando suburb.