Photo by Madoline Markham.
0812 Trinity Medical Center fence
The medical center on Highway 280 remains vacant.
Trinity Medical Center filed an expedited review by the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on July 16 in hopes that they will overturn a ruling against their request to relocate to the vacant HealthSouth hospital building on Highway 280. On July 13, Circuit Court Judge Jimmy Pool had reversed the state’s approval for the relocation.
“Birmingham is a community rich with healthcare resources,” said Trinity Medical Center CEO Keith Granger in a released statement. “It is unacceptable that thousands of Jefferson and Shelby County families in the fastest growing area of the state remain without convenient access to full-service hospital care. It is unacceptable, and it is entirely unnecessary.”
Granger said that the hospital will remain unfinished while they await the court’s next decision.
Trinity Medical Center first announced plans to complete the unfinished hospital on Highway 280 and relocate operations there in October 2008. In the 45 months since that announcement, the hospital has received five rulings from state and local courts and regulatory agencies affirming the validity of their plans.
“As always, we greatly appreciate the community’s unwavering support for our relocation,” said Granger. “We recognize the overwhelming necessity for hospital services along the 280 corridor, and we remain fully committed to completing the unfinished hospital on Highway 280.”