February 23, 2016:
Roper St. Francis Moves Quickly to Build New Berkeley County Hospital
GOOSE CREEK, SC – Roper St. Francis has announced that Berkeley County residents will have more convenient access to comprehensive healthcare services within the next three years, with the opening of the new Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital.
Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital will take one year to design and two years to build. The goal is for the new facility to be open to the community in 2019.
“Berkeley County residents want and deserve more healthcare options,” Roper St. Francis President and CEO David Dunlap said. “We can’t wait to be able to serve them. Our goal is to be the community’s chosen healthcare partner for innovative, patient-centered care; and we look forward to making that a reality.”
The 140,000-square-foot hospital will feature 50 beds and offer obstetrics, physical therapy, infusion therapy, radiology and imaging services, as well as an emergency department and pharmacy. A medical office building will be built next door on the 90-acre campus.
The project is expected to cost $113 million and will create 285 jobs. An estimated 215 people will work in the medical facilities during the first year, ramping up to 250 in its second year and 285 by year three.
Allen Carroll, regional chief executive officer for Roper St. Francis and chief executive officer of Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in West Ashley, will head up the construction and development efforts. Scott Broome, a seasoned healthcare leader and service line director for oncology at Roper St. Francis, has been tapped as the facility’s chief executive officer.
Roper St. Francis is Charleston’s only private, not-for-profit hospital system with a specific focus on community outreach. The healthcare system has three hospitals strategically located across the region: Roper Hospital on the Charleston peninsula, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in West Ashley and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital in Mount Pleasant. The system intends to build a fourth flagship hospital in the Carnes Crossroads section of Berkeley County.
Roper St. Francis is one of the Lowcountry’s largest private employers with nearly 5,600 employees. The healthcare system has a robust, active medical staff of more than 800 doctors representing every medical specialty and provides services in more than 125 locations in seven counties. Learn more at www.rsfh.com.