Hundreds came out to attend a Community Day for the new Medical Office Building on Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital campus a week before it opens to patients.

The three-story, 80,000-square-foot building is the first part of the hospital to open, the entire campus is currently under construction and slated to open in October of 2019.

“We’re thrilled to be here,” said Jennifer Crawford, chief nursing officer, “Between Cane Bay (Plantation), Carnes Crossroads and the Nexton area there seemed to be a desperate need for a facility in the area.”

Roper St. Francis operates emergency departments in Moncks Corner, Summerville and North Charleston. Crawford said Roper St. Francis recognized the need for a larger facility in Berkeley County a decade ago.

Starting Dec. 10, patients will receive care from a variety of specialists, including general surgeons, breast surgeons, orthopedic surgeons and OB/GYN physicians.

“We all know when you don’t feel well the last thing you want to do is get in the car and drive an hour to a follow-up visit after surgery,” Crawford said.

A Berkeley County resident for the past two decades, Crawford said she is excited that her family, friends and neighbors will soon have Roper St. Francis medical services in their own backyard.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare also plans to add medical services in endocrinology, thoracic surgery, urology, wound care, dermatology, digestive disease and more to the facility.

“The need for acute care is very imminent, that’s why we started with practices that have lots of follow ups,” Crawford said.

The facility itself was designed to have an “open and airy feel,” and to be as user friendly as possible. Crawford said the building has easy access parking, covered drop-offs and elevators near every entrance.

“All the patient rooms are on the peripheral of building to have natural light,” Crawford said.

Up on the third floor, a 17,000 square foot multi-specialty suite houses three different types of practices; OB/GYN, general surgery and orthopedics. Elisa Cooper, director of property management, was guiding visitors through the suite’s specific areas and explaining the positive results of a multi use space.

“The benefit of that is they share personnel, and will have central check in and check out and that reduces your overall cost,” Cooper said.