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Health Care in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties

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There are many health care services in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act has changed established insurance options. Visit for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act. Local agents can help walk applicants through the maze of choices; visit

See the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local hospitals and medical centers, health care centers and health care providers.


A community health center or clinic is customarily the place to go for those who have no health insurance or have limited income or ability to pay medical fees. Such clinics accept most insurance and provide affordable, comprehensive health care by well-trained, professional staff. They also serve those who are uninsured and underinsured, and most are open to making sliding scale payment arrangements based on income and family size.

For a full list of community health centers in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association website at and select “Health Centers.”


The South Carolina Board of Dentistry webpage,, provides a list of dentists within the state. Click on its “Licensee Lookup” link, then search for a dentist, hygienist and more by city or by name. You can also seek referrals from people you know who’ve had dental care in the area.

Consider the following to find the best dentist for your needs.

  • Are the dentist’s office hours convenient for your schedule?
  • Is the dental office close to your home or office?
  • How are dental emergencies handled?
  • Does the office appear to be clean and well organized?
  • Is the staff helpful and friendly?
  • What are the dental office’s financial policies and how is insurance handled?

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control provides tips for oral health, guidance for dentists and more at


Before you arrive at your new assignment, you can check the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners’ webpage at You can use the “Licensee Lookup” link to search for a provider by city or name. This should give you a preview of the local medical practitioners as well as where you might need to go for specialized care.

Personal referrals from friends or other medical personnel can add to your options.

You can check a doctor’s certification at the American Board of Medical Specialties at To see if anyone has registered a complaint or taken disciplinary action against the doctor, search the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners’ reports at or call 803-896-4500. When you have selected a health care provider, consider the following.

  • When you scheduled your appointment, was the receptionist friendly, prompt and professional? Did he or she take time to answer your questions? Were you left on hold too long?
  • When you arrived for your appointment, were you greeted promptly? Was the reception area clean and comfortable? Was the staff friendly and willing to answer your questions?
  • Did you have to wait long in the exam room before the doctor arrived? Was the exam room orderly and clean, with a chair for a family member?
  • When the doctor arrived and introduced himself or herself, did he or she seem rushed or tired? Did you get a good first impression?
  • During the consultation, did nurses or assistants pop in and out? Did the doctor seem caring, compassionate and sympathetic to your concerns? Did you feel comfortable revealing personal information? Did the doctor rush through the meeting?

Treat finding a doctor as seriously as looking for a new job or a new home. You want to be comfortable with the person who will see you while you are most vulnerable.

For Veterans

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Veterans in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties are served within Veterans Integrated Service Network 7 — the VA Southeast Network, with the nearest major medical center in Charleston, about 15 miles away from Joint Base Charleston. VISN 7 serves veterans in 244 counties in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina with eight medical centers and more than 55 community-based outpatient clinics. The closest community outpatient clinics are in North Charleston and Goose Creek.

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

109 Bee St.
Charleston, SC 29401 843-577-5011

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center consists of one primary, secondary and tertiary care facility in Charleston, serving more than 67,000 veterans in 21 counties and encompassing more than 15,000 square miles. The center offers primary, tertiary and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, women’s health and dentistry. The Charleston VAMC is a 152-bed teaching hospital with 20 operating nursing home care beds and is dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care and services to veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts.

The following is a list of community-based outpatient clinics and vet centers in the area. For a full list of clinics and other facilities, go to

Charleston Vet Center

3625 W. Montague Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29418 843-789-7000

Goose Creek Clinic

2418 NNPTC Circle
Goose Creek, SC 29445 843-577-5011

Trident Clinic

9237 University Blvd.
North Charleston, SC 29406 843-789-6400

South Carolina Division of Veterans’ Affairs

1205 Pendleton St., Suite 463
Columbia, SC 29201 803-734-0200
24-hour VA Crisis Hotline 800-273-8255

The Division of Veterans’ Affairs improves the quality of life for South Carolina’s veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources.

Hospitals/Medical Centers

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Because emergencies can happen without warning, it is prudent to know where to go when they happen. Saving minutes in a crisis can mean saving a life. Knowing what services are available, and where, can make all the difference. Visit the following websites for more information on local hospital and medical center services.

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital

2095 Henry Tecklenburg Drive
Charleston, SC 29414

Centre Pointe Emergency

5249 Emmett I. Davis Jr. Ave. N
Charleston, SC 29418

East Cooper Medical Center

2000 Hospital Drive
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

LowCountry Women’s Specialists

9291 Medical Plaza Drive
North Charleston, SC 29406

77 Springview Lane
Summerville, SC 29485

Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital

165 Ashley Ave.
Charleston, SC 29425

Medical University of South Carolina Emergency Services

25 Courtenay Drive
Charleston, SC 29425

171 Ashley Ave.
Charleston, SC 29425

Moncks Corner Medical Center

401 N. Live Oak Drive
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Roper Hospital

316 Calhoun St.
Charleston, SC 29401

Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital

3500 Highway 17 N
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

Summerville Medical Center

295 Midland Parkway
Summerville, SC 29485

Trident Medical Center

9330 Medical Plaza Drive
North Charleston, SC 29406

Vibra Hospital of Charleston

1200 Hospital Drive
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-508-8911

Public Health Care

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

2600 Bull St.
Columbia, SC 29201

The mission of the state’s department of health and environmental control is to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians by protecting and promoting the health of the public and the environment. To that goal, the organization offers services provided statewide by public health professionals to assure that water is safe, children have their immunizations, restaurants are safe and birth certificates are correct — to name just a few.

The department’s main office is in Columbia, but its 3,400 employees work in 100 locations across the state. Local health clinics offer a variety of services, including immunizations, family planning, STD counseling and testing, WIC and nutrition services, women’s health services and more. Services vary by location. A listing of local health clinics in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties follows. For a full list of local health units, their hours and their available services, visit and click on the Health Offices map.

Goose Creek

106 Westview Blvd.
Goose Creek, SC 29445

Johns Island

3574 Maybank Highway
Johns Island, SC 29455

Moncks Corner

109 W. Main St.
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Mount Pleasant

1189 Sweetgrass Basket Parkway, Suite 100
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

North Charleston

3963 Whipper Barony Lane
North Charleston, SC 29405


2070 Northbrook Blvd., Suite A20
North Charleston, SC 29406

Sea Island

3627 Maybank Highway
Johns Island, SC 29455


500 N. Main St., Suite 9
Summerville, SC 29483



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