State approves South Carolina hospital's ASC, denies physician-owned proposal

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control approved Orangeburg, S.C.-based Regional Medical Center's plan to develop an ambulatory surgery facility, The Times and Democrat reported Nov. 7.

Concurrently, the department denied a competing proposal from two Orangeburg physicians, saying the physicians didn't identify how many patients would utilize the ASC.

Regional will turn its 10,000-square-foot Dialysis Access Institute into a surgery center. It will have six operating rooms and will specialize in gastroenterology, orthopedics, ENT, urology, podiatry and general surgery.

Regional will pay $2.4 million for the project.

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