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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Fort Mill Medical Center. To download these questions and answers in a printable version, click here.
Q: What do you mean when you say that Fort Mill Medical Center is the ONLY ONE for this community?
A: Fort Mill Township is the fastest growing area in South Carolina. Now, more than ever, this community needs a quality hospital partner to grow with us and invest in our future – not send resources and patients to Charlotte.
At a time when we need it most, we believe there’s ONLY ONE hospital that can bring high-quality healthcare and generate millions of tax dollars for the community – that’s Fort Mill Medical Center.
Q: Why is Piedmont so uniquely qualified to build the hospital? Every applicant already serves this community.
A: Piedmont Medical Center’s mission and sole focus is York County’s healthcare. No other applicant, nor any of the nearly 25 hospitals in the region that patients can choose for care, makes that commitment.
The primary purpose of the other applicants is to support a network of North Carolina hospitals whose mission is first and foremost to serve residents of North Carolina.
In contrast, Piedmont's mission is focused exclusively on serving residents of York County. The proposal we bring is also the only one that offers high quality care and generates millions in taxes for the community.
Q: When did Piedmont first have a vision to build this hospital?
A: Our commitment to this project spans longer than any applicant. In 1999, we responded to the community’s request of all regional providers to develop an expanded healthcare plan for the Fort Mill / Tega Cay area. At that time, only Piedmont responded with a plan to open a hospital in 2009.
Financing for this $124 million hospital is secure. No bonds will be issued. We remain committed.
Q: Many are saying that Piedmont’s proposal does not bring choice or competition to Fort Mill. Is that true?
A: There is a lot of competition in this community when it comes to healthcare.
In fact, there are nearly 25 hospitals in the region from which patients can choose. The unique choice that Fort Mill Medical Center gives you is this: it’s the only proposed, full-service, 100-bed hospital that offers excellent healthcare, while also generating millions of tax dollars for the community.
A quality hospital partner, Fort Mill Medical Center is a local solution that will help us meet our growing demands and strengthen community resources – now and into the future
Q: How does Piedmont’s quality of care compare to the other applicants’?
A: Piedmont today is not the hospital of years ago. On the whole, we rate just as well as regional hospitals on many core measures. You can learn more about our quality distinctions on this page or by visiting Home | Dare to Share
– a site created by our employees to share all the best work they’ve done.
Q: What kind of quality can I expect from Fort Mill Medical Center?
A: Proposed by York County’s largest healthcare provider – and one of South Carolina’s top ranking hospitals – Fort Mill Medical Center builds on a foundation of quality care from its sponsor organization, Piedmont Medical Center.
In the last 15 years, Piedmont has invested $200 million in providing high-quality healthcare to York County residents and achieved quality distinctions that put the hospital on par with competitors, as well as state and national averages.
Among its many awards and rankings are:
- South Carolina Distinguished Hospital of the Year Award for significant quality contributions for patients with cardiovascular disease and stroke. (American Heart Association/Department of Health & Environmental Control, 2010)
- Ranked #3 for Overall Pulmonary Services in SC. (PMC is the only hospital in York County and South Charlotte area that provides interventional cardiology services.) (HealthGrades 2010)
- Gold Performance Award for Heart Failure and the Silver Performance Award for Coronary Artery Disease by the American Heart Association.
Q: Will Fort Mill Medical Center grow with the community?
A: Yes. Piedmont’s proposal already is the largest of all the applicants.
Fort Mill Medical Center was designed to grow to 250 beds or more. In fact, we created the hospital as a 250-bed facility and peeled the layers back to a full-service, 100-bed hospital to meet today’s need.
Q: Why is it important that Fort Mill Medical Center will generate taxes for our community?
A: Our fast-growing community faces many challenges, ranging from a public school system that lost $2.3 million in state funding last year and was forced to cut 47 jobs to a 14.5 percent unemployment rate, which exceeds the national average of 9.5%.
As the only proposed hospital that will pay commercial taxes, Fort Mill Medical Center will generate millions of dollars each year in taxes for our community, split between the schools, city and county governments.
Fort Mill Medical Center is the only proposed hospital that will anchor a proposed retail/residential development that will generate additional jobs – the hospital alone would generate more than 400 jobs – and tax revenue for the community. This potential development includes a 300-room hotel, other businesses and a residential community.
Q: I’ve heard that Piedmont’s finances are not the strongest to build this hospital. Is that true?
A: In fact, Piedmont is in an excellent position to build this hospital. Financing for this $124 million hospital is secure. No bonds will be issued to cover the costs.
This commitment builds on our track-record of investment in York County. In the last 15 years, we’ve invested more than $200 million in capital expenditures alone, in addition to more than $600,000 in charitable donations and community programs per year and sponsorship of nearly 40 community organizations. Further, Tenet Healthcare pays no dividends to shareholders.
Q: What happens to Piedmont Medical Center if another provider builds the hospital?
A: Piedmont Medical Center stands to lose several thousand patients and more than $10 million a year if another provider builds a hospital in Fort Mill.
This impact will lead to reductions and elimination of hospital services, cut-backs and loss of jobs at Piedmont and lower levels of reinvestment than in past years at Piedmont and throughout York County.
Q: I’ve heard that this new hospital will be governed by Piedmont’s parent company, Tenet Healthcare. Is that true?
A: Fort Mill Medical Center will be governed by a local board that will be made up of local business leaders who work and live in the communities we serve and physicians who practice at the hospital.
It also has the backing of Piedmont Medical Center and Tenet Healthcare. Tenet carries a strong track-record of reinvesting in a community’s local healthcare based on that community’s needs – including $200 million in capital investments at Piedmont in the last 15 years.
Q: How will Fort Mill Medical Center’s prices compare to other hospitals in the area?
A: The rising cost of healthcare is a challenge to all of us. Fort Mill Medical Center’s sponsor organization, Piedmont Medical Center, has proven its commitment to keeping prices in line.
A recent study reported in the Charlotte Observer showed that the hospital ranked middle to least expensive when compared to Presbyterian and CMC in some very common procedures and medical visits.
Most recent federal charge data shows that, of 11 hospitals within the area, Piedmont is among the three least expensive.
Q: How can I get involved?
A: There are lots of ways to get involved.
First, you can write a letter to DHEC and tell them why you support Fort Mill Medical Center. Address your note to Ms. Beverly Brandt, CON Director, at PO Box 8594, Columbia, SC 29202-8594. Please include your name and full address.
Or, you can send a letter via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Second, you can join Champions for Fort Mill Medical Center by signing up to become a member and get frequent updates on the website’s home page.
Third, you can request a speaker from the hospital to come and speak with your community group, church or neighborhood association by emailing Debbie@onlyfortmillmedicalcenter.com
Fourth, you can show your support for Fort Mill Medical Center by posting a yard sign, wearing a T-Shirt or pin, or displaying a poster at your business. To request any of the above, please email Debbie@onlyfortmillmedicalcenter.com
Q: What is the next step in the process?
A: To become a reality, Fort Mill Medical Center needs your support. For more than five years, we’ve waited on a quality hospital to call our own and now is the time.
In October, all healthcare providers who want to build a hospital in Fort Mill must “re-file” their proposals with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). (The application for Fort Mill Medical Center was the only proposal approved by DHEC four years ago, but was appealed by other area healthcare providers.)
Between now and October, please write a letter to DHEC and tell them why you support Fort Mill Medical Center.