Thursday, February 28, 2013
On Feb. 18, Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital representatives spoke to Del Webb's 55-plus community of their plans for a hospital in Berkeley County's Carnes Crossroads area near the Route 17 - 176 intersections.
The controversy is ongoing as Trident Hospital alleges that two hospitals in the area, theirs in Moncks Corner, and Roper St. Francis' in Summerville would not reap sufficient patients to be profitable. Therefore, they contend one hospital is doomed to fail.
Roper St. Francis however, provided numerous supporting statistics and insights, which reflect serious research and consideration supporting a successful two-hospital business model. When Trident presented to Del Webb a few months ago, their arguments were conflicting and nonsensical.
Judge John D. McLeod ruled that he found, “overwhelming evidence admitted at trial that both hospitals are needed and both hospitals in Berkeley County will be financially successful.” He also ruled, “Trident's position that both hospitals will financially fail if both are approved is inconsistent with Trident's financials and its application.”
The Del Webb 55-plus community is supportive of Roper St. Francis building a hospital at Carnes Crossroads. It is important to note that within Cane Bay Plantation resides Cane Bay High, Middle and Elementary schools, ball fields, parks, swimming pools and the Publix mall. One day an estimated capacity of 20,000 residents, lake access, Fire Department, YMCA and untold businesses will reside within the Cane Bay Plantation confines. There is also ample space to construct a Roper St. Francis Helipad within the Cane Bay Plantation.
Schools and residential development sports programs support a high expectation of injury, in addition to elderly residents' typical physical impacts. It is absurd that Berkeley County's growth projections, which support two hospitals, are not sufficiently clear to Trident regarding the necessity of a Carnes Crossroads area hospital.
The judicial system twice approved both hospitals; however, Trident is again attempting to stop Roper St. Francis from building by taking this issue to the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
Glenn McConnell, South Carolina Lieutenant Governor, is tasked with overseeing the wellbeing of the elderly. We ask that the Lieutenant Governor support Cane Bay Plantation residents, including Del Webb's elderly 2,000 resident community, by removing this unreasonable lawsuit from the appellate court and transfering it to the South Carolina Supreme Court for approval of both hospitals in short order to eliminate this long-running debacle. It is estimated this issue will be in court another 18 months to two years, with an additional two years prior to the start of building.
We hope we are still here to see Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital come to fruition!
Shirley B. and Anthony A. Berardo
Schooner Bend Avenue