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Roper Northwoods ER reopens after hurricane repairs

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Roper Northwoods ER, one of five Roper St. Francis emergency rooms in the Lowcountry, reopened Monday after being closed nearly two months because of Hurricane Matthew damage.

The facility, located at 2233 Northwoods Blvd. in North Charleston, also closed after the flood of October 2015.

“Damages to the facility this year were more substantial after Hurricane Matthew and required more comprehensive cleanup and renovations,” the news release said. An estimate of the cost was not included.

While the facility was closed, employees were redeployed to other Roper St. Francis facilities, the news release said.

Also Monday, Roper St. Francis opened its fourth Express Care location. Six advanced practitioners and three physicians will see patients at the new facility at 8901 University Blvd. in North Charleston, the news release said.

Express Care sites are open seven days a week for walk-in appointments. They are designed to save patients money by keeping them out of emergency rooms, according to Dr. Dewey Detar, medical director for Roper St. Francis Express Care.

“We have the ability to offer patients better access to health care by connecting them to primary care physicians when they don’t have one,” Detar said in the news release. “In one month alone, our Express Cares saw more than 480 patients who did not have a primary care physician. Those doctors are essential to preventing sickness and disease in our community.”

Reach Ashley Heffernan at 843-849-3144.

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