MUSC Children’s Hospital, Women’s Pavilion expected to open in 2020

By Ashley Barker
Published Dec. 13, 2013

Building a new Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion on the Charleston peninsula was discussed during the Medical University of South Carolina board of trustees meeting Friday morning.

The board approved updating a feasibility study to explore building a $300 million to $350 million facility on the corner of Courtenay Drive and Calhoun Street in place of Charleston Memorial Hospital. The feasibility study would determine how to pay for the structure, which would replace the Children’s Hospital that was built in 1986.

Dr. Patrick Cawley, CEO and executive director of Medical University Hospital, said an architect for the facility could be picked in April, and the new hospital is expected to open in 2020.

“We’re really taking the step forward to build this facility now,” Cawley said. “From the moment we take that step, it will be six years until the opening.”

The hospital and pavilion will be the newest inpatient hospital care facility built by MUSC since the opening of Ashley River Tower in 2008, according to MUSC spokeswoman Heather Woolwine.

Charleston Memorial Hospital will be demolished to make room for the new hospital, Woolwine said.

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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