Roper St. Francis, Trident announce efforts to resolve lawsuit

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Trident Health System announced that they will participate in mediation in an effort to resolve the pending lawsuit involving Roper St. Francis Healthcare's and Trident Health System's applications to build hospitals in Berkeley County.

Trident Health System is proposing to build a 50-bed hospital in Moncks Corner while Roper St. Francis Healthcare plans call for a 50-bed hospital at Carnes Crossroads near Goose Creek. Both applications were approved by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in June 2009, but have been delayed because of the pending lawsuit in which Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Trident Health System are challenging each other's project.

The case was scheduled to go to trial on May 2; however, the trial will be postponed to give the parties a meaningful opportunity to mediate. The mediator will be an independent person who will work with Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Trident Health System to facilitate the negotiations.

Information provided by Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Trident Health System