MUSC breaks ground on emergency room serving Seabrook, Kiawah and Johns Island

Source: Live 5
Published: Sep. 9, 2022 at 8:29 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Medical University of South Carolina on Thursday broke ground on a new emergency and specialty services facility.

They say the new ER will serve residents on Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island and Johns Island.

The Sea Islands Medical Pavilion will be located at 1884 Seabrook Island Road on Johns Island.

Hospital officials say people in those communities have been traveling almost 30 minutes to get to the nearest emergency room.

The new emergency room will ensure residents in the sea island communities have access to an emergency room close to them.

“We need to enable best local care and to help provide the continuity of care that’s needed for best practice,” MUSC President David J. Cole said.

In addition to a 24-hour emergency department, officials say the new facility will have two trauma rooms, a rooftop helicopter pad and a medical office building with primary and specialty care. Services available will include imaging and lab services, cardiology and physical therapy.

While some details still need to be sorted out, officials believe the new facility can be open by the end of 2023 or early 2024.