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MUSC Health Black River Medical Center

MUSC Health is happy to announce it has broken ground for a new hospital. At the same time, we are excited to welcome Williamsburg Regional Hospital and Lake City Community Hospital to the MUSC Health family. The new facility is being built to replace the two existing hospitals and will become part of the Florence Division of MUSC Health. This allows MUSC to better serve the health care needs of Lower Florence County, Williamsburg County and other areas. Construction is scheduled for completion in January 2023.

MUSC Health would like to thank the Heath family for their generous donation of land that made this all possible.

“MUSC is unlike any other health care organization because our mission is to serve the state, to bring the best in advanced health care to people across South Carolina,” said Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MUSC Health CEO and vice president for Health Affairs, University. “Today’s groundbreaking for this new hospital is yet another milestone in extending and fulfilling the mission of our enterprise.”

This MUSC Health - owned hospital will feature 25 licensed beds, full operating and diagnostic services, a 16-bay emergency department and the latest capabilities in telehealth.

Due to the increase in coronavirus cases, and to protect all individuals involved, the virtual groundbreaking featured a mailed announcement with mask included. There was also a shovel ceremony and brief comments by limited participants who followed COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.

“As our MUSC Board of Trustees saw when they approved this project, this new facility is more than bricks and mortar – it symbolizes the future of health care in our state. In addition to their vision, the Heath family made a generous donation of the land for this new, state-of-the-art facility that will welcome the Williamsburg Regional and Lake City Community Hospitals to the MUSC family. We are grateful for their dedication to the health and wellness of the community – it will have an impact for generations to come,” said David J. Cole, M.D., FACS, MUSC president.

Lake City Kingstree Hospital Groundbreaking

Our Goal

The new hospital’s diagnostic technology and programs are geared to meet the needs of the communities we serve, so residents won’t have to travel elsewhere for quality care.

Residents benefit from access to a full range of modern diagnostic and interventional capabilities, including:

  • 63,500 square feet
  • 25 inpatient beds
  • Five observation beds
  • Two operating rooms
  • 16 emergency treatment areas
  • CT scanner
  • MRI
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Mammography
  • General radiology department
  • Laboratory, respiratory, pharmacy and other ancillary services

A Patient- and Family-Centered Approach

The MUSC Medical Center supports a patient-and family-centered approach to care. Family members are not considered visitors to a loved one who is hospitalized. They are key participants in support, decision-making, and care. We do not have visiting hour restrictions and two people are always welcome at the bedside 24 hours a day.

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Black River Medical Center Leadership

Julian, (Jay) Hinesley, MHA, FACHE, CEO MUSC Health Florence Division

Jay Hinesley, MHA, FACHE

CEO, Florence Division

Jason Cox 

Jason Cox, MBA, FACHE

Chief Operating Officer

Headshot of Adam Mayer.  

Adam Mayer, MHA

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Costa Cockfield

Costa King Cockfield, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing Officer

Rami Zebian 

Rami Zebian, M.D., CPE, FCCP

Chief Medical Officer

Donna Sullivan

Donna Sullivan, RN, BSN

Chief Quality Officer / Compliance / Privacy Officer

Kay Douglas

Kay Douglas, MBA, SHRM - SCP, PHR

Executive Director, Human Resources MUSC Regional Health Network

Allen Abernethy, Executive Director of BRMC. 

Allen F. Abernethy, MSRT( R ), R.R.A.

Executive Director