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On Point: A One-Stop Shop for Surgical Care

The benefits of building a new surgery center in an old department store.

Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook, Editor-in-Chief


MALL STATS A former JCPenney offered the Medical University of South Carolina plenty of square footage and ample on-site parking.

The main medical campus of the Medical University of South Carolina sits on the Charleston peninsula between Routes 17 and 30, in the midst of seemingly constant traffic snarls. "We made a strategic decision that for non-tertiary care, we needed to do a better job of integrating health care into the communities we serve," says Tom Crawford, MUSC's interim COO.

That's C-suite speak for relocating the health system's ambulatory offerings — surgeries, clinics and imaging — to a convenient location near where patients live instead of forcing them drive to historic Charleston for needed care.

A little more than five miles west of the campus is Citadel Mall, where a shuttered JCPenney had fallen victim to Amazon and rising real estate costs. The mall's developer offered to cover half of the $32 million renovation costs if MUSC leased the 126,000-square-foot space for $2 million per year.

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