Roper St. Francis Healthcare will build a new campus in North Charleston that will include a new hospital and office building.
Roper Hospital’s $1 billion North Charleston medical campus will occupy 27 acres near Interstates 26 and 526 and will be easily accessible to patients living in Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester counties, according to a Roper news release.
The project will be one of the largest, most advanced healthcare construction projects on the East Coast and will meet the healthcare needs of one of the fastest growing areas in the country.
“This new medical campus will be a paradigm for the delivery of health care, whether it’s complex operations in a hospital or an annual exam in an outpatient office,” said Dr. Jeffrey DiLisi, president and CEO of Roper St. Francis Healthcare, said in the release. “We made the bold decision one year ago to relocate Roper Hospital, and I am grateful to our partners in North Charleston for bringing that dream to life. This new campus will ensure our ability to continue to provide the quality care that has been a hallmark of our brand for generations.”
Roper Hospital’s new medical campus is expected to include a full-service acute care hospital with a 24-hour emergency department, the release stated. The campus will also have a medical office building where a wide range of outpatient and specialty care will be provided. Roper St. Francis Healthcare secured six prime parcels of real estate off Mall Drive near North Charleston City Hall to build the campus.
In November 2021, DiLisi announced a roadmap for the next decade for the Lowcountry’s largest senior health care system, which focuses on caring for more patients, expanding services and modernizing technology to better serve future generations. stated in the message. One of the five key initiatives of this Roper St. plan. Francis Healthcare 2030 was the optimization of the Lowcountry health system’s footprint, which also included an expansion of Roper St. Hospital. Francis Berkeley and providing complementary health services in densely populated and growing communities.
This new campus will be Roper Hospital’s fourth location since it opened downtown in 1856 and will be technologically and structurally upgraded to better withstand natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes and earthquakes, the release said .
Although construction could take up to five years, Roper St. Francis Healthcare will continue to offer services on the Charleston Peninsula to remain convenient for those in need downtown, according to the release.
Roper St. Francis Healthcare has long maintained a strong presence in North Charleston, operating Roper Hospital Diagnostics & ER – Northwoods, along with two Express Care locations and Greer Transitions Clinic.
Roper St. Francis Healthcare hired E4H Environments for Health Architecture and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) to design the new medical campus, the release stated. The partnership combines global design excellence with comprehensive healthcare planning and design expertise. These teams provide a combination of local knowledge and national thought leadership that has facilitated innovation and transformation for clients such as New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and Egypt’s new National Cancer Institute at Giza, one of the largest facilities of this species in the world.
“E4H is honored to be a part of this landmark project for Roper St. Francis Healthcare and the community it will serve. As a mission-driven organization focused on 100 percent healthcare design, we are dedicated to improving outcomes for patients, families and caregivers. E4H is deeply inspired by the synergy between RSFH’s core values and our own,” Jeremy Bartz, partner at E4H, said in the release. “Starting with a system-wide strategic master plan that will provide key insight into critical needs throughout the community, E4H and SOM will design a new medical campus that will set the standard for healthcare in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.”
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