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Medical University Of South Carolina Hospital

One of the first medical schools in the United States was built in 1824 in Charleston, South Carolina. The Medical University Of South Carolina (MUSC) was a private medical college that was and remains today as not only an excellent healthcare facility, but also functions as a teaching facility for medical students from numerous fields of study. Originally Roper Hospital was used by Medical University students for clinical teaching. Eventually, the Medical University recognized the need for its own teaching facilities. In 1955, the Medical University opened its doors to its first patients. MUSC has now grown into an outstanding medical center and university with six different colleges for medical students furthering their education. The Medical University also provides patients with numerous healthcare facilities and programs including three separate hospitals; the University Hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital. The Medical University also offers a range of centers for specialized care such as the Heart Center, Transplantation Center, Hollings Cancer Center, Digestive Diseases Center and the Storm Eye Institute. This 709-bed learning hospital has well-served the state of South Carolina and many others for almost 200 years.

Medical University Of South Carolina Hospital
169 Ashley Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 792-2300
(843) 792-3811
(843) 792-4445
(843) 792-9729
# of Beds: 709
Year Built: 1824

Roper St. Francis Hospital Was Built With Mount Pleasant In Mind

Roper Hospital Physicians

Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital was built with the local community in mind. In operation since November 2010, the 85-bed hospital is located just off Highway 17 North near Wando High School.

“We are truly a community-centered hospital,” said John Sullivan, FACHE, Mount Pleasant Hospital chief executive officer and vice president of operations for Roper St. Francis Healthcare. “Our patients, visitors and neighbors were at the top of our minds during every phase of our design and construction.”

The medical facility is set on 78 acres of land, nearly half of it protected wetlands and woodland.

“The natural beauty of our hospital’s surroundings greatly enhance the healing power for our patients and all the people who care for them,” said Sullivan, who began his career in the health care field in 1971 in Kentucky and has worked in the Carolinas since the 1990s.


He is well aware of the need for two major hospitals – the other is East Cooper Medical Center – in one of the fastest growing areas of South Carolina.

“It’s important that we respond by making sure medical care and services are easily accessible and conveniently located, close to where people live and work,” he pointed out. “Competition makes everyone better, and, in the end, the patients benefit.”

The facility features a 24-hour emergency room, home-like labor and delivery suites, inpatient and outpatient surgery, an intensive care unit, medical-surgical units, comprehensive imaging services, a laboratory, a pharmacy and a helipad. There also is an on-campus building with offices for up to 45 doctors offering both primary and specialty care.

“The new Mount Pleasant Hospital will offer the same high-quality, personalized care that Roper St. Francis has long been known for in the Carolina Lowcountry,” Sullivan pointed out.

Roper Hospital, the first community hospital in the Carolinas, was founded in 1850, while St. Francis Hospital opened its doors in 1882 as St. Francis Xavier Infirmary, the state’s first Catholic hospital. In 1998, Roper and Bon Secours St. Francis hospitals merged to form the largest health care system in the Charleston area, known today as Roper St. Francis Healthcare.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare is the Charleston area’s largest non-government employer. Its medical staff includes nearly 800 physicians representing every medical specialty. Ranked 46th among the top 100 integrated health networks in the nation, Roper St. Francis Healthcare has earned dozens of national awards recognizing high levels of patient, physician and employee satisfaction.

Sullivan, one of more than 4,800 employees of Roper St. Francis Healthcare, realizes the mammoth task of bringing quality health care to residents of East Cooper.

“I felt this was an opportunity to get back to the front line of patient care and also an opportunity to be part of something that doesn’t happen too often – bringing a new hospital to life. It is a great privilege and a great responsibility, and we want to do it in a way that will build a great foundation for years to come,” he said.

To learn more about Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital, visit Roper St Francis online.