University’s Plan for Small Hospital in Aiken Nixed
University Hospital’s plan to build a small hospital in Aiken County has been denied.
A year ago, University purchased 40 acres of land on the northwest side of Aiken a few miles from Aiken Regional Hospital with the plan of building a 50-bed hospital. That was in response to a 2012-13 study that found Aiken County needed 14 more hospital beds by 2018.
But the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control turned down University’s plan and instead approved a plan by Aiken Regional to expand within its existing facility by turning seven private rooms into semi-private rooms.
This is the second strike against University expansion plans in the past year. Earlier in 2015, University’s bid to build a 100-bed hospital in Columbia County was denied in favor of a plan by Georgia Regents Medical Center.
University has filed an appeal with South Carolina regarding the denial of its plan in Aiken County.