Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, S.C., said it has filed an application with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to build an 85-bed hospital in suburban Mount Pleasant, shifting those beds from its downtown Charleston location. The system said hospital beds are concentrated in Charleston even as the population spreads to the suburbs, so their proposal will remedy that imbalance and offer a "not-for-profit alternative in Mount Pleasant." Investor-owned Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, owns the only hospital in Mount Pleasant, East Cooper Regional Medical Center. Roper St. Francis said it expects the application process to take 18 to 24 months. -- by Vince Galloro
S.C. hospital seeking approval to build suburban site
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