FORT MILL -- Carolinas Healthcare System, parent company of the Charlotte-based Carolinas Medical Center hospitals, is building an urgent-care center at the corner of Gold Hill Road and I-77, according to a hospital spokesman.
The 40,000-square-foot, two-story medical office building will cost about $10 million, said CHS spokesman Alan Taylor. CHS expects the new building to open in December 2008.
"This is part of our growth strategy," Taylor said. "As was pointed out during the whole hospital certificate of need thing, we have a lot of people from York County coming into Charlotte for medical care."
Two years ago, CHS was one of four companies that submitted proposals for a new York County hospital based in Fort Mill to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. DHEC is responsible for giving permission through a certificate of need for hospital projects.
The agency chose Piedmont Medical Center for the Fort Mill hospital, but CHS and Presbyterian Hospital appealed the decision. The appeal is scheduled to be heard by the S.C. Administrative Law Court sometime next summer. Medical offices and urgent-care centers do not require a certificate of need but do require DHEC approval.
The new building will house an urgent-care center, a practice for women's services, a family practice and cardiology services, Taylor said. The urgent-care center will provide basic medical services.
Piedmont Medical Center already operates an urgent-care center on Sutton Road in Baxter.