MUSC gets approval for Summerville hospital in Nexton community

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

MUSC has received approval from state heath officials to build a new hospital.

The 300,000 square foot facility will hold 128 beds and provide a range of inpatient and outpatient services.

Located in Summerville, the MUSC Health Community Hospital at Nexton is expected to cost $325 million.

The community hospital is expected to open in 2022. 

According to officials, previously, the state health plan identified the need for 147 additional MUSC beds to serve the tri-county area (Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties), based on MUSC’s existing hospital occupancy and fill rates. 

A press release states that MUSC Health Community Hospital at Nexton is designed to meet many of the increasing health care demands by bringing consistent, high quality and compassionate care to a convenient, neighborhood location.   

“The Nexton hospital will be a much-needed addition to our health care system,” said MUSC President David J. Cole, M.D., FACS. “Our network of MUSC hospitals, clinics and other care facilities is positioned to provide patients with the right care, at the right time and in the right location. As the only publicly assisted, comprehensive, statewide academic medical center, MUSC has a mission and responsibility unlike any other health care facility in South Carolina. We are charged with discovering, developing, teaching and delivering the most advanced health care for every patient across the state.”    

“We are committed to delivering top-quality care and increased access to every patient,” said Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MHM, FACHE, MUSC Health CEO and vice president for Health Affairs, University. “To achieve this goal, we must position our health care network in synchronicity with the energetic growth of the greater Charleston community.”

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