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Medical University of South Carolina Opens State-of-the-Art Facility
Date:2/4/2008

Hospital To Treat Patients with Cardiovascular and Digestive Disease

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CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) opens the doors of Ashley River Tower, its new state-of- the-art hospital designed to treat patients with cardiovascular and digestive disease problems. Ashley River Tower marks the first step in the hospital's multi-phase expansion plan, which will ultimately replace the facility that for 50 years has served as the teaching hospital for MUSC.

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This new 641,000 square foot facility has 156 beds, including 32 ICU beds, as well as nine operating rooms, catheterization laboratories, interventional radiology laboratories, state-of-the-art endoscopy suites, imaging suites, outpatient clinic space and a dedicated around-the-clock chest pain center for rapid diagnosis and treatment. Specially sized equipment, treatment space and ICU beds accommodate bariatric surgery patients. The facility also includes a division specializing in surgery for gastrointestinal cancers.

Capacity has been an issue for the last decade, with the hospital often unable to accommodate all referrals from hospitals and physicians throughout the state and region. "MUSC Ashley River Tower was developed for several reasons, first and foremost to accommodate the needs of an aging and growing population in South Carolina," said Dr. Greenberg. "This cutting-edge hospital represents the future of medical care and will lead the way in providing the latest technology in a healing environment."

The Ashley River Tower addresses two primary areas of need: the increase in cardiovascular and digestive diseases. Patients have access to all diagnostic and treatment services, including inpatient and outpatient clinical services, in
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