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CAPTION:
Trident Medical Center, LLC vs. SCDHEC et al.

AGENCY:
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

PARTIES:
Petitioner:
Trident Medical Center, LLC, d/b/a Trident Medical Center, and Charleston, Radiologists, P.A.

Respondent:
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and Tricounty Radiology Associates, P.A.
 
DOCKET NUMBER:
00-ALJ-0664-CC

APPEARANCES:
n/a
 

ORDERS:

ORDER OF DISMISSAL

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This matter comes before me on the joint motion of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and Tricounty Radiology Associates (Tricounty) to dismiss this contested case, on the basis of mootness, and the cross motion of Trident Medical Center, LLC, d/b/a Trident Medical Center (Trident), to consolidate the instant matter with the matter of Trident Medical Center, LLC, d/b/a Trident Medical Center, and Charleston Radiologists, P.A. v. SCDHEC and Tricom Diagnostic Imaging, LLC, docket number 01-ALJ-07-0155-CC. Prior to the motions hearing, Petitioner Charleston Radiologists voluntarily withdrew with prejudice from this matter. All of the parties consented to their withdrawal.

Based upon the transcript of the deposition of Dr. John B. Hood, President of Tricounty, the Court finds that:

1. Tricounty originally purchased a "CT Aura" scanner (Georgia CT Scanner) from Phillips Medical Systems which was operated subject to permit NA-00-77. On March 1, 2001, Tricounty sold the Georgia CT Scanner to Tricom Diagnostic Imaging, LLC. The Georgia CT Scanner has been removed from the building in which it was formerly located (Lot-A Tricom Street, North Charleston) and shipped to the State of Georgia.

2. Tricounty also owned other equipment that was in the building in which the Georgia CT Scanner was installed. Additionally, Tiger Management, LLC, owned the building and the real property. On March 1, 2001, Tricounty sold the equipment in the building to Tricom Diagnostic Imaging, LLC. The land and building originally housing the Georgia CT Scanner was sold by Tiger Management to Image Properties.

3. Neither Tricounty, nor any of its members, had any ownership interest in either of the new owners (i.e., Tricom Diagnostic Imaging or Image Properties).

"A case becomes moot when judgment, if rendered, will have no practical effect upon [the] existing controversy." Mathis v. South Carolina State Highway Dep't, 260 S.C. 344, 346, 195 S.E.2d 713, 715 (1973). Therefore, the issues raised in the instant action have been rendered moot by the sale of the Georgia CT Scanner equipment and building to the new owners.

Based upon the above findings, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this case be dismissed with prejudice. Furthermore, as a consequence of this dismissal, the motion for consolidation filed by Petitioner Trident is likewise rendered moot. This dismissal, however, does not prejudice the right of Petitioner Trident to pursue discovery relative to issues involved in the instant matter in the separate pending case captioned Trident Medical Center, LLC d/b/a Trident Medical Center and Charleston Radiologists, P.A. v. SCDHEC and Tricom Diagnostic Imaging, LLC, Docket No. 01-ALJ-07-0155-CC.

AND IT IS SO ORDERED.



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Ralph King Anderson, III

Administrative Law Judge



July 20, 2001

Columbia, South Carolina


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