COLUMBIA, S.C.-Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals 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 46-bed 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 most recent data filed with the state were from fiscal 2003, and Providence officials believe newer data would better document demand, Catalano said.
UNION COUNTY, N.C.-Presbyterian Healthcare and Carolinas HealthCare System, both based in Charlotte, N.C., are competing to build an outpatient surgery center in Union County, the state Health and Human Services Department said. North Carolina's 2005 State Medical Facilities Plan identified a need for an additional operating room in the area. Presbyterian proposed a $4.7 million surgery center in Monroe with one operating room. Union Regional Medical Center, a Carolinas hospital, proposed a $4.8 million center in Indian Trail with two operating rooms. A hearing on the proposals is scheduled for Sept. 14.