South Carolina regulators approved two certificates of need to build hospitals in Berkeley County, north of Charleston, but one of the recipients said it plans to appeal its competitors CON.
Charleston-based Trident Health System, which is part of HCA, said only one hospital can be financially viable in Berkeley County. At a hearing last month, Trident said it demonstrated that the two proposed hospitals would lose $58 million over their first five years of operation. Tridents proposal, meanwhile, would break even after two years if it was the only one built, Trident said. Tridents proposed 50-bed Berkeley Regional Medical Center in Moncks Corner, S.C., would cost about $115 million, Trident said.