Trident Health System November 28, 2017

Charleston, SC — Trident Health has opened its first CareNow® Urgent Care in Goose Creek, SC at 515 St. James Ave., Goose Creek, SC 29445. A second CareNow® clinic is scheduled to open in North Charleston in early 2018.

Trident Health President and CEO Todd Gallati said CareNow®’s affiliation with the health system will provide patient-friendly continuity of care at Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center.  He adds community support was important in moving the CareNow® Urgent Care from an idea to a reality.

“The Berkeley County community has been a wonderful partner with us during the planning to open our first CareNow® Urgent Care.  Residents and community leaders are keenly aware of the growing need for additional access to healthcare,” said Gallati.  “We are pleased to open our first in Goose Creek and are looking forward to our second opening in North Charleston early next year.”

CareNow® Urgent Care is part of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest providers of healthcare services. CareNow® is affiliated with Trident Health, which includes two acute care hospitals - Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center - and two freestanding ERs - Moncks Corner Medical Center and Centre Pointe Emergency. The clinic will be part of an urgent care network operating in 15 U.S. markets. CareNow® is one of the largest urgent care networks in the country.

“As healthcare continues to evolve, consumers are looking for quality, convenient options for care and treatment,” said CareNow® President Tim Miller. “In Charleston, we are proud to partner with Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center, which have built its healthcare around quality care, convenience and access for patients. CareNow® will be a growing part of this system.”

CareNow® physicians and other care professionals will provide urgent care – quick care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, such as sprains and strains, minor burns, lacerations, sore throats and flu-like symptoms – as well as physicals, vaccinations, and general diagnostic and treatment services. The clinics will have X-ray and lab services onsite.

Trident Health Emergency Services Medical Director Preston Wendell, MD, said, “CareNow® clinics will improve access to care by providing a convenient option for patients who need acute unscheduled care that does not require the emergency department as well as for follow up care for discharged patients who do not have a primary care provider. We certainly believe that the CareNow® clinics will be a valuable resource for our community and a quality addition to the Trident Health family.”

CareNow® clinics are walk-ins, but they provide Web Check-In® at CareNow.com, an online preregistration process that triggers a call from CareNow staff to tell the patient when the provider will be ready to see them.

Knowing when they should come in, and having pre-registered, the patient can wait anywhere and arrive just before the estimated time. This virtually eliminates wait time in the clinic waiting room.

The CareNow® Urgent Care clinic will be open seven days a week, and hours will extend into the evening. For more information, visit CareNow.com.