Roper pursuing legal review of $26M medical center expansion

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Roper St. Francis Healthcare will pursue the option of a legal review of DHEC's position to approve the $26 million expansion at the Summerville Medical Center.

"We respect the decision made by DHEC, but we're disappointed that Trident is being allowed to take inconsistent positions in Berkeley and Dorchester County," VP and Chief Strategist Officer Doug Bowling said."We're not opposed to the people of Summerville getting more hospital beds if that is what they need, but we are concerned about what this means for Berkeley County."

DHEC gave Summerville Medical Center the go-ahead to add a three-story patient tower and 30 extra beds.

The hospital is between Ladson and Trolley roads. The expansion is expected to be finished in three years and create up to 300 jobs.

In July, Roper St. Francis said the expansion plan should be put on hold until a lawsuit between the two hospital systems could be settled. That lawsuit is over two new hospitals planned for Berkeley County.

The state approved requests from both Trident, the parent company of Summerville Medical Center and Roper. The suit is expected to go to court in January.

Trident is fighting the state's decision, because they don't think there's a need for two hospitals in Berkeley County.

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