Roper St. Francis plans express offices Hospital system signs leases for former Nason Medical properties in Lowcountry

Roper St. Francis announced Tuesday it will lease five medical offices previously occupied by Nason Medical Center, including this building on Bowman Road in Mount Pleasant.

Roper St. Francis will soon open three new Express Care offices in buildings formerly occupied by Nason Medical Center.

The hospital system announced Tuesday it signed long-term leases for all five Nason Medical Center properties, located on James Island, in Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and Summerville.

“It was obvious to us by the volume that those (Nason Medical) Centers generated that there was a community need to access primary care and to have that conveniently available,” Roper St. Francis CEO David Dunlap said.

Hospital officials have not yet finalized plans for the buildings on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston and on Bowman Road in Mount Pleasant. Express Care offices will open later this year in Summerville, and early next year on James Island and on University Boulevard in North Charleston.

Hospitals officials are “considering which services to offer at the other two sites,” according to a statement. Doug Bowling, Roper St. Francis’s chief strategy officer, said it’s likely they will not become Express Care offices.

Roper St. Francis anticipates that these new practices will create 100 jobs. The hospital system already operates two Express Care offices — in Summerville and North Charleston.

The urgent care centers are open seven days a week.

All five Nason Medical Center offices closed without warning late last year. In 2015, the business owners had settled federal fraud allegations for more than $1 million and court records show they owed TD Bank $15 million in mortgage loans.

Dunlap said Roper St. Francis will lease the buildings from Fariborz Ghadar, one of the former Nason Medical Center owners.

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