Trinity wins appeal to move into "digital" hospital on Hwy 280

Trinity won its appeal to relocate to this hospital on Highway 280. (

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals unanimously overturned a lower court ruling.{} It found that Montgomery District Court Judge Jimmy Pool erred in his July ruling against Trinity.{} It ordered Judge Poole to enter a judgment in favor of the hospital's relocation to the hospital on Highway 280.

In issuing their ruling, the five-judge panel reinstated the Certificate of Need Trinity was awarded in September of 2010.{} This move paves the way for the hospital's relocation.

"We are delighted to take this important step forward with our relocation project and we appreciate the Court's direction on this matter," said Trinity President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Granger.

The appellate court's ruling is the sixth legal or regulatory victory Trinity has achieved in the four years since the medical center first announced plans to relocate. The only decisions against Trinity came from Montgomery County District Judge Jimmy Poole, who twice ruled against Trinity and now twice has been overturned by a higher court.

The legal trouble over Trinity's move began when Brookwood and St. Vincent's Hospitals filed lawsuits to block the move.

Barring further legal delays, Trinity intends to complete planning efforts for the 280 facility within the next few months. Construction could begin as early as mid-2013.