Wednesday, May 21, 2014
As the ongoing dispute between Roper St. Francis and Trident Health System approaches its fifth year anniversary, Roper has decided to move on with other projects in the growing Carnes Crossroads community in Berkeley County.
Roper officials announced recently that construction will begin soon on 60,000 square feet of medical offices and outpatient facilities on its 90-acres of property near the intersection of Highways 176 an 17A.
The new facility will be adjacent to the site of its proposed hospital.
According to a Roper officials, the healthcare system plans to begin building a comprehensive medical site that will feature diagnostic imaging, urgent care and oncology services. These services will complement the healthcare system’s fourth flagship hospital that also is planned for the Carnes Crossroads area.
“Roper St. Francis intends on meeting the healthcare needs of our neighbors,” said Roper St. Francis President and CEO David Dunlap. “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 healthcare needs of the entire county. We are excited about growing in an area that so many people choose to call home.”
The planning and submission of documents and architectural plans have begun with construction to be completed by the end of 2015.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Berkeley County ranks as the 35th largest county in population growth from April 2010 to July 2012.
“This healthcare 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 Company developing Carnes Crossroads, which includes 2,300 acres of future mixed-use development between Goose Creek and Summerville.
Roper St. Francis and Trident Health System have been embroiled in a legal battle since June 2009 as to who has the right to build a hospital in Berkeley County. Roper contends that the growing Berkeley market can support two hospitals while Trident believes the market can only support one.
In July 2013, Governor Nikki Haley did not include funding for the Dept. of Health and Environmental Control in the state’s FY 2013-2014 budget which ground what little progress had been made in the dispute to a halt.
There is no timetable set for a resolution to the two healthcare providers’ dispute, which prompted Roper to proceed with its medical office complex plans.