Trinity Medical Center earned a huge legal victory Friday. The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals ruled that Montgomery District Judge Jimmy Pool erred in his ruling, which blocked the hospital's certificate of need allowing the hospital to relocate to Highway 280.
Friday, Trinity President and CEO Keith Granger welcomed the news. Granger says if there are no further legal barriers construction can begin in the middle of 2013 on a new parking deck and retail stores next to the old HealthSouth digital hospital.
Trinity has been pushing for the relocation for four years. Brookwood Medical Center and St. Vincent's Health System have actively opposed the move. The hospitals claimed they would suffer financially and claim that the Certificate of Need Board made a mistake in allowing the relocation.
Granger says there is a great demand for medical services down the Highway 280 corridor.
"Well there are people. There is a high traffic area. The highest traffic area of our state in that area because residents are going up and down trying to reach businesses and services and we are ready to serve those folks by giving them something convenient to get to," Granger said.
David Hunt, an attorney for St. Vincent's, says he is disappointed with the ruling. Jim Williams, the attorney for Brookwood, says they are studying to the decision and will decide next week if they will ask for a rehearing from the appeals court or appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court. Both parties have to make some decision within the next two weeks.
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