Birmingham's vacant digital hospital has new tenant

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Trinity Hospital was given approval Wednesday to move its facility from Montclair Road to the former HealthSouth digital hospital site on Highway 280.

The Certificate of Need Board gave final approval to the plan during its meeting Wednesday in Montgomery. The board voted in favor of the plan after hearing arguments from representatives of Trinity and from people opposed to the plan.

An attorney for Trinity Hospital told the board moving the hospital from its current location on Montclair Road would create 12,000 jobs and result in a $486 million impact for the area.  The attorney also said the hospital would die if it is not allowed to relocate from Montclair Road.

The plan was opposed by both Brookwood and St. Vincent's hospitals.  Both have their own plans for medical coverage in the 280 corridor and say there is no need for Trinity.

Three weeks ago, a judge sided with Trinity in the matter, recommending Trinity be allowed to move to Highway 280. Since then, Trinity Hospital has put on a media campaign, using everything from billboards to Facebook ads to promote the move. The hospital also installed red lights near the top floor of the building as it awaited a decision. It said those red lights would be changed to green once the move was approved.

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