Proposed changes to the Ralph H. Johnson VA system would add a 2nd medical center

ByShannon J. Cortes

Mar 14, 2022

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is recommending changes for veteran care in the Lowcountry, including the addition of a second medical center.

The agency submitted a report recommending changes to its Assets and Infrastructure Review Board to help serve veterans in the Charleston area.

Changes include expansions and new facilities to be included in the Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System.

If approved, the health care system would add a second medical center located in Summerville, making the medical system a dual hospital system. A new bed tower would also be added to the existing downtown Charleston facility.

In addition to the new medical center, the agency would also add a 95-bed freestanding nursing home and a 60-bed inpatient mental health home in Summerville.

Outside of the tri-county area, the agency says other proposed changes would include a new clinic in Georgetown.

Officials say the proposed changes would also close the Charleston City Hall Lane and Trident sites and move those services to the proposed Summerville VA medical center.

The Goose Creek Clinic would also be closed and these services would be transferred to the North Charleston Outpatient Clinic and the proposed Summerville Medical Center.

The full report is available here.

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