Since 2006, HCA has been battling Williamson Medical Center in Franklin and Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia over the proposed TriStar facility at Spring Hill. The county-owned hospitals contend the 56-bed initiative would duplicate existing services.
But after years of appeals, HCA will finally see the TriStar Medical Office Building come to fruition.
The facility was initially okayed in July 2006 when the Health Services Development Agency granted HCA TriStar a Certificate of Need. However, those plans fell through when, after years of appeals by the county-owned hospitals contesting the project, the Davidson County Chancery Court overturned the CON in 2009.
The ruling denied Spring Hill and surrounding communities access to the proposed 24-hour urgent care facility despite the fact that local medical centers provided services only twelve hours of the day.
Centennial Medical Center, to which the HCA TriStar facility would become a satellite emergency department, cited the population growth of Spring Hill expanding outward from the local medical centers created the need for new health care services in the area, which the two local facilities, having won the appeals, failed to address.
That reasoning was sound. In a 2010 hearing, after two hours of questioning and debate by opposing groups, the state formally approved HCA’s request.
The official groundbreaking ceremony will begin April 17, 2012.
The project is to include a 10,768-square-foot emergency room with 24-hour emergency diagnostic and treatment services plus a laboratory and state-of-the-art imaging capabilities.
The $15 million project starts May 1, 2012 and is expected to take about 12 months to complete and create an initial twenty-five jobs.
The emergency room will occupy the first floor of what will be the three-story, 49,851-square-foot TriStar Medical Office Building on a 125-acre campus.
The ground-breaking ceremony is at 1 p.m. at the construction site on Reserve Boulevard.