Trident Health to open emergency center this year

By Ashley Barker
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published Feb. 11, 2014

Trident Health is planning to build a nearly $10 million emergency department in North Charleston, according to a news release from the hospital system.

The freestanding emergency department, named “Centre Point Emergency,” will be open 24/7 year-round at the corner of International Boulevard and Emmett Davis Jr. Avenue. The department will accept walk-in patients, as well as patients who arrive via ambulance service, and it will be staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians, the system said.

Trident Health plans to open a nearly $10 million emergency department facility at the corner of International Boulevard and Emmett Davis Jr. Avenue by the end of 2014. (Rendering provided by Trident Health)
Trident Health plans to open a nearly $10 million emergency department facility at the corner of International Boulevard and Emmett Davis Jr. Avenue by the end of 2014.
(Rendering provided by Trident Health)
“We’re taking the nationally recognized quality care we provide at today’s Trident facilities and making it more convenient and accessible for the Charleston metropolitan area,” said Todd Gallati, president and CEO of Trident Health, in a statement.

CT scans, X-rays and lab work will be available to patients at the new 12,300-square-foot facility that will feature 12 private patient care rooms.

Trident Health — a Hospital Corporation of America system that comprises Trident Medical Center, Summerville Medical Center and Moncks Corner Medical Center — said there will be 18 different specialists at the new facility. They’ll range from neurology to cardiology, surgery and others that the physicians can call as backup as needed.

“It’s important for a large and diverse community like Charleston to provide various levels of emergency and urgent care,” Gallati said.

Trident Construction will oversee the project, which should be complete by the end of this year, the hospital system said.

"A freestanding emergency department is an excellent way to provide continuous coverage in a very convenient setting,” said Dr. Preston Wendell, director of emergency services at Summerville Medical Center, in a statement. “We will be able to diagnose and treat almost any type of patient quickly and efficiently.”

A groundbreaking event will be held at noon, Thursday at the project site behind the Bonefish Grill restaurant. Trident Health representatives, as well as North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey are expected to attend.

“Trident Health’s new emergency center is ideally located to serve families and businesses in North Charleston and surrounding communities,” Summey said in a statement. “The facility positions us to accommodate future growth with quality emergency health care around the Coliseum Complex and Centre Pointe developments.”

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

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