Trident Medical Center announces plans to build freestanding ER on James Island

Trident Medical Center announces plans to build freestanding ER on James Island
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JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - If Trident Medical Center's plans are approved, a new freestanding emergency room could soon come to James Island.

The center submitted a certificate of need to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to build the new emergency room, according to spokesman Rod Whiting.

"Nearly 170,000 Lowcountry residents were treated by Trident Health emergency physicians and clinicians last year," Trident Health President and CEO Todd Gallati said.  "And, in conjunction with our designated pediatric ER at Summerville Medical Center, we are among South Carolina's leaders in providing emergency pediatric care.  I'm proud of the emergency care our teams provide families in the Lowcountry.  We are looking forward to providing high quality, compassionate care to James Island families."

The certificate calls for the facility to be built at 945 Folly Road and plans detail a nearly 13,000 square foot facility. Construction would begin in July 2019 with a preliminary completion date of March 2020 with an estimated price of $12.5 million.

"An issue that's increasingly become a challenge in the Lowcountry is the amount of time it takes to drive," Trident Health medical director of emergency Dr. Preston Wendell said. " In a medical emergency, minutes can mean the difference between life and death.  By expanding to James Island we are bringing emergency care closer to families."  There currently is not close access to emergency services for residents of James and Johns Island."

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