By next summer, Mount
Pleasant residents can take advantage of MUSC's patient-centered
medical office complex opening in what's being called the community's
The building, located on
Hungryneck Boulevard just off Hwy. 17 is the first facility in the
Central Mount Pleasant Development and eventually will be one of many
in the commercial, retail and residential development. The facility
will house numerous MUSC specialities in one location.
The physician group at
MUSC, University Medical Associates, is funding the project from its
clinical services revenue and no taxpayer dollars will be used for the
"This is an exciting time
for MUSC," said Vice President for Medical Affairs and College of
Medicine Dean Etta Pisano, M.D.
"Our new facility will
allow us to improve our service to the community and enhance our
ability to deliver high-quality and convenient care to our patients."
rendering of Mount Pleasant's MUSC Health-Specialty Care East. The MUSC
facility will be the first building in the Central Mt. Pleasant
Development, off of Hungryneck Boulevard, and is scheduled to open in
The 80,000 square foot
facility will house MUSC physicians from a variety of medical and
surgical specialties. In addition to consolidating most of MUSC's
existing Mount Pleasant practices in one location and allowing for
growth, the building's design can also accommodate new services.
According to Howard Evert,
M.D., medical director for the project, "We have included many features
designed to create a patient-centered and healing environment, and an
environment where patient care can be coordinated efficiently and
logically. From the rooftop healing garden and atrium courtyard to the
community room, we believe the patient experience will be exceptional."
The facility was also
designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
certification, which is awarded to structures built to meet a set of
environmentally-conscious and energy saving standards. The building
shell has been strengthened to make it highly resistant to damage from
hurricanes and earthquakes.
"With its own emergency
power system, this building could serve as MUSC's 'fall-back' facility
should a devastating disaster strike our community," Evert said.