Trident plans to open emergency department in N. Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Trident Health has plans to build a free-standing emergency department near the Tanger Outlets, officials announced Monday.

Centre Pointe Emergency will be at the corner of International Boulevard and Emmett Davis Jr. Avenue.

Staff will accept walk-in patients as well as patients who arrive by ambulance, around the clock, seven days a week.

"We're taking the nationally recognized quality care we provide at today's Trident facilities and making it more convenient and accessible for the Charleston metropolitan area," said Todd Gallati, president and CEO of Trident Health.

The $10 million facility will provide diagnostic modalities such as CT/X-ray and lab.

"Trident Health's new emergency center is ideally located to serve families and businesses in North Charleston and surrounding communities.{} The facility positions us to accommodate future growth with quality emergency healthcare around the Coliseum Complex and Centre Pointe developments," said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey.

Centre Pointe Emergency is expected to be about 12,300 square feet with 12 private patient care rooms and will staff 18 different specialists ranging from neurology, cardiology and surgery.

Officials said construction is expected to be completed in late 2014.