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.
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.