Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals, Columbia, S.C., said it is considering its options after South Carolina rejected the system's certificate-of-need application for a 50-bed expansion that would more than double the size of Providence Hospital Northeast, Columbia. Appealing the decision is one option, but the two-hospital system also is looking at ways to amend the proposal or provide more recent data that would bolster its case, hospital spokeswoman Dawn Catalano said. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control said patient volume at the hospital had not been consistent enough nor robust enough to justify such a big increase from its current 46 beds. The most recent data filed with the state were from fiscal 2003, and Providence officials believe newer data would better document demand, Catalano said. -- by Vince Galloro
S.C. hospital weighs options after expansion rejected
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