JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) – Trident Medical Center will soon open a new $12 million stand-alone emergency room on James Island.
Trident Medical Center President and CEO Christina Oh says patients do better when they receive faster care and currently residents of James Island do not have access to medical services. 24/7 emergency room. In 2018, Trident applied for a certificate of need to build the freestanding emergency room. Now, nearly three years later, they will inaugurate on Monday.
The site will have 11 beds, a trauma room, in-house diagnostic labs and even telemedicine technology. The purpose of this project is to provide urgent and emergent care by board-certified physicians to residents of James Island. Patients will either be treated and discharged, or treated, stabilized and transferred to another facility for further care.
With the telemedicine they provide, if a patient had symptoms resembling a stroke, doctors would roll a camera to the bedside, connect with a neurologist, and they would be examined virtually.
This will be Trident’s 4th stand-alone emergency site and they say the motive behind these centers is Charleston’s traffic and growing population.
“This is important for several reasons, firstly, we bring emergency care to underserved communities. But secondly, as the population of the low country grows, it’s important that people have access to emergency care without having to drive a long distance to get to the hospital,” says Oh.
James Island’s new free-standing emergency department will be located at 945 Folly Road, and they plan to open for 24/7 care next spring.
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