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CHARLESTON, S.C.—

The Med­i­cal Uni­ver­sity of South Carolina and Ge­orge­town (S.C.) Hospi­tal Sys­tem said they are ex­pand­ing their part­ner­ship with a new strate­gic af­fil­i­a­tion agree­ment. The agree­ment will bring more med­i­cal spe­cialty con­sul­ta­tion ser­vices to Ge­orge­town fa­cil­i­ties via a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem that links the two providers and pro­vides greater ac­cess to clin­i­cal tri­als and re­search. MUSC res­i­dents and med­i­cal stu­dents will gain train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. The aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ter and the Ge­orge­town sys­tem jointly de­vel­oped an $11 mil­lion can­cer cen­ter in Ge­orge­town that opened in 2004. The Ge­orge­town sys­tem also has an­nounced plans to seek cer­tifi­cate-of-need ap­proval for a car­dio­tho­racic surgery pro­gram that would be de­vel­oped with MUSC car­di­ol­o­gists.

SE­VIERVILLE, Tenn.—

A re­place­ment hospi­tal for 54-bed Fort San­ders Se­vier (Tenn.) Med­i­cal Cen­ter opened across the street from the old hospi­tal in Fe­bru­ary. Par­ent sys­tem Covenant Health, Knoxville, Tenn., in­vested $115 mil­lion to build 79-bed LeConte Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Se­vierville, and other fa­cil­i­ties on the new 70-acre cam­pus, ac­cord­ing to LeConte. The new hospi­tal fea­tures all pri­vate rooms that are out­fit­ted with bed­side com­put­ers for chart­ing pa­tient care as well as flat-screen tele­vi­sions for pa­tients and their vis­i­tors. The emer­gency depart­ment is three times larger than Fort San­ders Se­vier’s emer­gency depart­ment and fea­tures all pri­vate exam rooms and trauma rooms with glass walls that can be opened to bring in equip­ment or cov­ered for pri­vacy. The hospi­tal also in­cludes four sur­gi­cal suites, two en­doscopy suites and a C-sec­tion suite as well as a full range of di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices. A 54-bed nurs­ing home con­tin­ues to op­er­ate on the old cam­pus, a LeConte spokes­woman said.

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