But despite a years-long battle to build a new hospital in Moncks Corner, Trident Health President and CEO Todd Gallati said in the news release, “We have no immediate plans to build on the site.”
For several years, Trident Health and Roper St. Francis fought over plans for both hospital systems to build new sites in Berkeley County. In 2009, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control issued certificates of need to both, allowing them each to build 50-bed acute-care hospitals in the county. Trident Health’s facility was proposed for Moncks Corner and Roper St. Francis’ at Carnes Crossroads in Goose Creek.
Both projects sat in limbo for years, though, as the certificate of need program’s funding was cut and reinstated, and Trident Health filed requests with the S.C. Administrative Law Court saying Berkeley County’s population didn’t need two hospitals.
Late last year, the S.C. Supreme Court refused to review a previous court’s decision that allowed both hospitals to be built. That decision prompted Roper St. Francis to move forward with its plans. Trident Health didn’t immediately announce any construction plans.
It’s not clear what Trident Health now plans to do with its new land, a vacant site partially encircling the Moncks Corner Medical Center property at 401 N. Live Oak Drive.