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Work Begins On Roper St. Francis Hospital in Berkeley County
It was a long bumpy road filled with legal challenges, but the new Roper St. Francis hospital in Berkeley County is moving forward.
Thursday evening, doctors, nurses, administrators, community leaders, and locals braved the rain for a special blessing of the land ceremony and groundbreaking.
Hospital construction is set for completion in Summer 2019. It will be the first hospital in the county in 42 years.
“Believe it or not, it’s been since 1975 that a baby has been born in a hospital in Berkeley County,” said Scott Broome, CEO of RSF Berkeley County.
Broome said the 50-bed hospital will change that for families in the area.
For Monck’s Corner locals like Gene Williams, it’s a generational milestone.
“I was born in the Berkeley County hospital, my children were born in the Berkeley County hospital,” said Williams. “But their children were not because we didn’t have a hospital.”
The 140,000 square-foot hospital will hold 50 beds and have a 24-hour emergency room, ICU and special departments for cardiology, maternity, imaging, and cancer care.
“For us to go to a hospital, we have to go to Charleston which is 45-50 minutes from down there and here we’re 12 minutes from downtown Monck’s Corner, that’s going to make all the difference in the world,” said Williams.
Officials said over 210,000 people currently live within 20 minutes of the site.
The groundbreaking comes after years of litigation after Trident Hospital tried to block Roper St. Francis in court. Trident was also trying to build a hospital.
Trident’s case suffered a blow when an appellate court voted Berkeley County could support two hospitals. Later on, the state’s supreme court rejected hearing the case.