Dorchester County is well-served by two major healthcare systems, Trident Health System and Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Both systems include a number of hospitals that provide superior healthcare services; many of which are known for their award-winning programs. The County is also fortunate to have access to the Medical University of South Carolina, as well as the acclaimed MUSC Children's Hospital. In addition to these healthcare facilities, Dorchester County EMS was designated in 2012 as the "South Carolina Large EMS System of the Year," and is the second and only county EMS agency in the state to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). This credentialing is the highest level available in the industry.

Trident Health System

Trident Health System is a family of hospitals that includes Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center. Also included is the Moncks Corner Medical Center, an outpatient diagnostic center serving the citizens of Berkeley County. Trident Health's staff is well-trained and ready to serve, boasting 2,278 employees that include nurses, technicians, specialists, medical professionals, as well as 550 physicians. As an award-winning healthcare system, Trident has received numerous accolades, and is a forerunner for the state in cutting edge technology as a result of Trident's South Carolina Institute for Robotic Surgery. In 2012, Trident led the Lowcountry in robotic-assisted surgery with more surgeries of this nature performed than any other hospital in the state.

Trident Health System Facilities Overview

  • Trident Medical Center: Joining the Lowcountry in 1975, Trident Medical Center is a 296-bed, tertiary-care hospital providing a comprehensive range of services and specialties expected by a major medical center. In 2012, Trident Medical Center earned a full re-designation as a Level III Trauma Center, meeting over 150 criteria involving quality, patient outcomes, education, and injury prevention.
  • Summerville Medical Center: Known as one of the Lowcountry's finest hospitals, Summerville Medical Center is a 94-bed, acute-care hospital with a 24-hour emergency room and comprehensive medical services. The facility enjoys an enviable reputation for its cardiac services, sleep lab, and women's services, including "home-like" birthing suites.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Roper St. Francis is Charleston's only private, not-for-profit hospital system with a specific focus on community outreach. Anchored by Roper Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital, the 657-bed health system includes more than 90 facilities and doctor's offices conveniently located throughout the region. With nearly 800 doctors on the Roper team, the healthcare system is considered Charleston's largest employer with more than 5,500 employees. Year after year, Roper St. Francis continues to receive national awards in patient satisfaction.

Roper St. Francis Facilities Overview

  • Roper Hospital: Roper Hospital has won numerous national awards for quality patient care, and enjoys an excellent reputation for providing state-of-the-art health services. With the addition of its new Heart & Vascular Tower in 2006, Roper Hospital is one of the most sophisticated medical facilities in the region, with 368 beds and several Centers of Excellence. In addition, Roper Hospital is the first accredited emergency room in the Lowcountry, with a direct link to the Roper Heart & Vascular Center for minor injuries and illnesses.
  • Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital: Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital's 204-bed, state-of-the-art, acute-care facility offers several Centers of Excellence. In addition, St. Francis has the only emergency room west of the Ashley with a Care Express area for minor injuries and illnesses.
  • Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital: Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant, an 85-bed, community hospital, rests on 78 acres; 38 of which are protected wetlands and woodlands. Some of the hospital's services include a 24-hour emergency room; "home-like" labor & delivery suites; inpatient and outpatient surgery; and medical-surgery units. The hospital campus also includes a medical office building with offices for up to 45 doctors.

Medical University of South Carolina

With a 700-bed medical center (MUSC Health) and six colleges that train approximately 2,600 healthcare professionals per year, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is one of the nation's top academic health science centers.  Since 2012, U.S. News & World Report has recognized MUSC Health as "One of America's Best Hospitals", putting it in the top 3% of the more than 5,000 hospitals analyzed. The magazine also named MUSC the best hospital in South Carolina, with six specialty areas ranked in the top 50 in the nation (4 adult specialties and 2 pediatric) and nearly 300 MUSC Health physicians making the prestigious Best Doctors in America list. Other milestones include National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation for MUSC Hollings Cancer Center and the completion of a new, state-of-the-art hospital dedicated to the treatment of cardiovascular and digestive diseases.

MUSC Children's Hospital

From the tiniest of newborns to teenagers, MUSC Children's Hospital provides a variety of pediatric services that offers the most comprehensive, pediatric care available in South Carolina. The U.S. News Media Group's 2013-2014 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals ranks MUSC Children's Hospital among the top 50 programs for three specialties.  US News & World Report also named MUSC Children's Hospital top 50 in the nation in their 2013-2014 rankings.