Roper St. Francis plans $113M hospital for Berkeley

The New Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital is expected to open in 2019. The design phase is currently underway.

The new Roper St. Francis hospital in Berkeley County is starting to take shape.

The project is expected to cost $113 million and will open in 2019 — the same year that the Medical University of South Carolina plans to open the new $385 million MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital on the peninsula.

The design phase for the Roper St. Francis facility at Carnes Crossroads is already underway. The hospital will be situated at the intersection of North Main Street and St. James Avenue in Berkeley County. It will include 50 inpatient beds, an emergency department and several specialty departments.

Planners expect that the hospital will be 140,000 square feet. An adjacent medical office will add another 60,000 square feet to the 90-acre campus. It will employ 285 people upon completion.

Roper St. Francis spokesman Andy Lyons said the hospital system will launch a “road show” of sorts this year to share the plans with the community.

In a statement about the project, Matt Sloan, president of the Daniel Island Co. and master developer for Carnes Crossroads, said residents in Summerville, Goose Creek and Berkeley County need this hospital.

“It’s also exciting that this will help make our area a center for job growth, providing employment opportunities for our community’s residents and contributing to the creation of a place where people can work, live and play,” Sloan said in the statement.

Trident Health already operates a community hospital in Summerville and an emergency department in Moncks Corner, but currently there is no full-service hospital in Berkeley County.

For many years, Trident Health tried to block the Roper St. Francis Berkeley County hospital in court.

Trident wanted to build its own Berkeley hospital and argued that the county couldn’t support two separate facilities.

The S.C. Supreme Court declined to hear the case last year, effectively ending the dispute.

In late December, a Trident Health spokeswoman confirmed that the hospital intended to expand its footprint in Berkeley County, but she stopped short of saying that the system would build a full-scale hospital.

Trident spokeswoman Pam Nelson did not immediately return a message for comment on Monday.

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