Trinity Wins!!! Alabama Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Trinity Relocation
High court ends CON battle and refuses to hear arguments from Brookwood and
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 17, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Supreme Court of Alabama
has denied requests by Brookwood Medical Center and St. Vincent's Hospital,
refusing to consider continued arguments against Trinity Medical Center's
The unappealable ruling affirms the November decision of the Alabama Court of
Civil Appeals in favor of Trinity and definitively ends any further
opportunity for Brookwood and St. Vincent's to legally challenge Trinity's
Certificate of Need.
"This is the green light we have awaited for more than four years," said
Trinity Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Granger.
"We are absolutely elated with this outcome and look forward to bringing
enhanced access to healthcare to our community – along with thousands of jobs
and millions of dollars in economic impact."
Economists have compared Trinity's relocation to some of the state's
automotive "mega-projects" because of the size and scope of its economic
impact. In just the first year of construction, the project is anticipated to
generate nearly 4,000 jobs, create more than $125 million in job earnings, and
produce more than $3.1 million in city and county tax revenues.
"Finally, we can bring to life a hospital that has been wanted and needed by
this community for very long time," said Wayne T. Smith, chairman, president
and chief executive officer of Community Health Systems, Inc. "Our investment
will positively impact the community in every way – by increasing convenient
access to care for more residents, igniting new economic development and
providing the outstanding medical community in Birmingham with a
state-of-the-art facility for patient care."
Once construction is underway, completion of the hospital building on Highway
280 is expected to take 18-24 months. In its new location, Trinity will serve
as anchor tenant of the Cahaba Center at Grandview campus, which is planned to
include the development of hotels, offices buildings, parking decks and retail
businesses. When the 15-year campus development project is complete, an
estimated 5,500 people could be employed at the Cahaba Center, creating a
total economic impact of more than 9,000 local jobs and $405 million in
additional annual earnings for the region.
"This really is a win/win for the people of Alabama. The fastest growing area
in the state along Highway 280 in Birmingham is now assured it will have
convenient access to hospital care in the next few years, and the investment
of hundreds of millions of dollars in the hospital and surrounding development
will create good jobs for Alabamians," said Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay
"Today's decision is one that will positively impact the greater Birmingham
area long into the future," said Birmingham Mayor William Bell. "Trinity's
completion of the hospital on 280 will move Birmingham rapidly ahead in job
growth and new construction and will solidify our city's role as a healthcare
hub and center for excellence."
Trinity's relocation efforts have wound through courtrooms and agency hearings
in Birmingham and Montgomery for more than four years. With today's Supreme
Court decision, Trinity is free to complete design and construction planning.
Construction is expected to begin by late summer.
"Today's ruling is the final say in this dispute as the Supreme Court has now
considered this appeal. Many communities, businesses and individuals will
benefit as a result of this ruling," said Business Council of Alabama
President and CEO William J. Canary.
"We are grateful to the justices of the Alabama Supreme Court for their
clarity and insight into this matter," added James Spann, chair of the Trinity
Medical Center board of trustees. "On behalf of the Trinity board, I would
like to personally thank the physicians, employees, volunteers and thousands
of community advocates who have tirelessly supported our relocation efforts
for the last few years."
About Trinity Medical Center
Trinity Medical Center is a tertiary care hospital serving residents of
Birmingham and surrounding communities. The hospital offers programs and
services in all medical and surgical areas. This includes oncology,
cardiology, robotic surgery, orthopedics, neurology, women's health, mental
health, digestive diseases, geriatrics, physical medicine and rehab, sports
medicine, cardiac and pulmonary rehab, and emergency care. The hospital's
medical staff includes more than 600 physicians representing 30 specialties
About Community Health Systems, Inc.
Located in the Nashville, Tennessee, suburb of Franklin, Community Health
Systems, Inc. is one of the largest publicly-traded hospital companies in the
United States and a leading operator of general acute-care hospitals in
non-urban and mid-size markets throughout the country. Through its
subsidiaries, including the company that owns Trinity Medical Center, the
Company currently owns, leases or operates 135 hospitals in 29 states with an
aggregate of approximately 20,000 licensed beds. Its hospitals offer a broad
range of inpatient and surgical services, outpatient treatment and skilled
nursing care. In addition, through its subsidiary, Quorum Health Resources,
LLC, the Company provides management and consulting services to non-affiliated
general acute-care hospitals located throughout the United States. Shares in
Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under
the symbol "CYH."
Contact: Leisha Harris
SOURCE Trinity Medical Center
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