The South Carolina Hospital Association released a statement Tuesday calling for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to clean up the mess it created last year when it decided to eliminate the Certificate of Need program.

"In the last 10 months, there has been a great deal of uncertainty in the marketplace," the statement said. "We encourage DHEC to resolve those issues with individual hospitals and other health care providers in a way that upholds the integrity of the CON Act."

The Certificate of Need program, commonly called CON, regulates the number of hospitals, hospital beds and expensive medical equipment purchases in the state.

DHEC stopped enforcing the program last year after Gov. Nikki Haley and the Legislature stripped funding for it. The S.C. Supreme Court decided on Monday that eliminating the funding for the program did not eliminate the program itself.

A spokeswoman for the S.C. Hospital Association said Monday that she didn't know of any hospital projects in the Charleston area that were affected by Certificate of Need suspension.

DHEC spokesman Mark Plowden said the department intends to file a motion for reconsideration.

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