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New Health & Wellness facility will bring 1,500 jobs to the Lowcountry

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On February 10, Equity Healthcare and Palmetto Primary Care Physicians (PPCP) will introduce The Palmetto Health & Wellness Campus which is a physician-led approach to health care reform, integrating wellness and healing in a synergistic medical campus comprising the latest applications of office, diagnostics, telemedicine and minimally invasive ambulatory care. 

Highlights of the plan include:

  • A state-of-the-art medical campus at MWV's Nexton master planned community, in Summerville, Berkeley County, that will support independent practitioners, promote collaboration among primary care doctors and specialists through the clinical integration of medical, health and wellness services, while reducing medical costs.
  • Upon build out, The Palmetto Health & Wellness Campus is projected to employ 1,500 people, 75% of these will be new jobs.  The downstream effect of this will be approximately four times as many jobs in support services.
  • Total investment in Phase I of The Palmetto Health & Wellness Campus will be approximately $135,000,000.00

Phase I will include two 150,000 square foot Class A Medical Office Buildings, with an Ambulatory Surgery Center, A Clinical Decision Unit (CDU), a 24 hour urgent care/ED center, and a physician led health and wellness facility providing rehabilitation services and traditional fitness options.  Future phases to the campus may include a memory care center, cancer center, hospice, assisted and independent living units and a hotel with medical amenities.

  • The campus will be a true Fee-for-Value, patient-centered, primary care driven approach that fully implements medical care coordination and integration among the campus physicians and services. In addition, the new outpatient ambulatory surgery center will attain significant savings for patients over traditional treatment options by providing a lower cost venue for over 120 lower acuity outpatient procedures. 
  • The Palmetto Health & Wellness Campus provides an innovative, viable and sustainable business model for independent physicians under the changing landscape from Fee-for-Service to Fee-for-Value.  The Palmetto Health & Wellness Campus will allow these physicians to remain independent through cost sharing, clinical integration and minimization of duplication.  
  • The Campus will offer an innovative delivery model that connects physicians through a shared Electronic Health Records (EHR) system, centralized billing and buying.  Patients will benefit from state of the art concierge-staffed centralized waiting rooms in both medical office buildings. 
  • By locating in Nexton, The Palmetto Health & Wellness Campus has access to Nexton's redundant, state-of-the-art 100% fiber optic telecommunications network. The benefits of which permit:

 

o      Local, regional and national collaboration among specialists and health centers;

o      Patient access to counseling and therapy at a distance;

o      Upload/download large files (CAT, Scans, X-Rays, etc.) quickly and securely;

o      Health practitioners can instantly consult with remote experts in real-time; and

o      Compliance with Affordable Care Act mandates.

 

The Palmetto Health & Wellness Campus will provide low country residents increased access to quality healthcare in a centralized location at lower cost.  PPCP chose to partner with Equity, Inc, the nation's 15th largest healthcare real estate developer, to ensure excellent outcomes on the new facilities. 

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