Roper working on Berkeley Co. site

By Ashley Barker
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published May 8, 2014

By the end of next year, Roper St. Francis plans to open 60,000 square feet of new medical offices and outpatient facilities in Berkeley County.

The health care provider owns more than 90 acres of land near the intersection of U.S. highways 176 and 17A, according to a news release. In that area, Roper St. Francis is expected to build a comprehensive medical site that will offer diagnostic imaging, urgent care and oncology services.

Roper St. Francis plans to build 60,000 square feet of medical offices and outpatient facilities that will offer diagnostic imaging, urgent care and oncology services. (Rendering provided)

Roper St. Francis plans to build 60,000 square feet of medical offices and outpatient facilities that will offer diagnostic imaging, urgent care and oncology services. (Rendering provided by Roper St. Francis)

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Bids and proposals are still being accepted, but the project could cost $30 million, according to spokesman Andy Lyons. Approximately 200 jobs will be created initially, and three times that many will be added once the hospital is complete, Lyons said.

“Roper St. Francis intends on meeting the health care needs of our neighbors,” President and CEO David Dunlap said in a statement. “We’ve seen an influx of new residents and construction in Berkeley County, and it’s time for us to move forward in fulfilling the health care needs of the entire county. We are excited about growing in an area that so many people choose to call home.”

The new facilities will eventually accompany the system’s fourth hospital that is planned at Carnes Crossroads, a 2,300-acre mixed-use development between Goose Creek and Summerville.

“This health care complex is at the epicenter of current growth and will be an incredible catalyst for future development,” said Matt Sloan, president of the Daniel Island Co., which is developing Carnes Crossroads.

Roper St. Francis will also open a new family medicine office, Cane Bay Primary Care, on June 1 across from Cane Bay High School, the news release said.

The health care system already includes Roper Hospital on the Charleston peninsula, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in West Ashley and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital in Mount Pleasant. The system also has a center in Moncks Corner, Roper Hospital Berkeley, which offers full-service imaging, diagnostics, ambulatory surgery and emergency services.

Reach staff writer Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker on Twitter.

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