No. 23 story of 2022: Tenet Healthcare opens Fort Mill hospital – Charlotte Business Journal – Charlotte Business Journal

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Piedmont Medical Center opened its long-awaited Fort Mill hospital in September. The $170 million, 200,000-square-foot facility is at S.C. Highway 160 and U.S. Highway 21.
Piedmont Medical Center-Fort Mill provides additional health-care services in fast-growing York County. The 100-bed hospital offers surgical services for gastroenterology, urology and orthopedics, among other specialties. There’s an intensive-care unit, medical-surgical unit, women’s services and a 12-bed emergency department complete with an overflow room.
It’s a project that was nearly two decades in the making. Piedmont’s parent, Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare (NYSE: THC), began pursuing approval for a 64-bed hospital in 2004. It sparked a battle over which health-care provider would ultimately be selected to build Fort Mill’s first hospital, eventually reaching the South Carolina Supreme Court.
Piedmont gained approval for the facility in 2019. During that time, York County’s population grew from roughly 182,000 people to a projected population of more than 293,000 in 2022.
A three-story, 60,000-square-foot medical office building also is on site to support physicians in primary care, obstetrics, surgery and cardiology. 
The hospital will employ roughly 500 when it is fully staffed. Tenet Healthcare — which also operates a 288-bed Rock Hill hospital — now has 2,200 employees in York County.
The health-care system plans to continue hiring clinicians and caretakers across the nursing and allied-health specialties.
In 2023, it plans to add physicians to the Fort Mill campus and service lines to ensure people have a local option. It continues to expand capacity and services for inpatient medicine, surgical services and women’s services. 
Look ahead: The Fort Mill hospital is looking to grow its footprint to keep up with the region’s growth. It has filed a certificate of need with South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control to establish a diagnostic cardiac catheterization lab at a projected cost of $50,000. It also has gained approval to purchase a daVinci Xi robotic surgical system for nearly $2.3 million.
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