Trident Health Opens First CareNow Urgent Care in North Charleston

Preston Wendell, MD, Dir., Trident Emergency Services

Trident Health will open its first CareNow® Urgent Care in North Charleston on Tuesday, April 24. The clinic is located at 8445 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29420. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled at the clinic for Monday, April 23, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. In November 2017 Trident opened its first CareNow® in Goose Creek.

The medical director of Trident Health’s Emergency Services, Preston Wendell, MD, said CareNow®’s affiliation with the health system provides patient-friendly continuity of care at Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center. He adds, “The support from families in Goose Creek has been overwhelming. Our goal is to continue providing the same level of high quality personal care to our North Charleston families that is convenient to them and appropriate for their needs.”

Todd Gallati, President and CEO of Trident Health added residents and community leaders are keenly aware of the growing need for additional access to healthcare. “One feature of our Care Now® Urgent Care clinics that families especially like is Web Check-In. It’s a reliable and convenient online resource, especially for families when they are away from home.”

Web Check-In® is accessed through It’s 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.

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.

Summerville Medical Center CEO Lisa Valentine explained, “CareNow® clinics improve access to care by providing a convenient option for patients who need acute unscheduled care that does not require the emergency department. We believe that the CareNow® clinics are a valuable resource for our community and a quality addition to the Trident Health family.”

CareNow® physicians and other care professionals 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. The CareNow® Urgent Care - North Charleston will be open seven days a week, and hours will extend into the evening. For more information, visit

About CareNow® Urgent Care
Founded in 1993 in Dallas-Fort Worth, CareNow® has grown to become one of the largest urgent care networks in the country. HCA Healthcare acquired CareNow® in 2015 with the intent to extend the model that has made the urgent care network so successful. CareNow® is now the national brand for urgent care services across HCA. More information is at

About Trident Health
For more than 40 years staff and physicians at Trident Health have provided acute healthcare services to families in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Services are provided through its two hospitals, Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center; two freestanding emergency departments, Moncks Corner Medical Center and Centre Pointe Emergency; and two urgent care centers, CareNow Urgent Care Goose Creek and CareNow Urgent Care North Charleston. Both hospitals have received top ranking as Joint Commission Top Hospitals for Quality Performance and are Joint Commission Certified for Advanced Heart Failure and Advanced Primary Stroke Centers. Trident Health is one of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s largest employers with more than 2,500 employees and has a medical staff of nearly 500 physicians. In 2017 it provided $47.6 million in uncompensated care and paid $35.5 million in local, state and federal taxes. To learn more about how Trident Health is growing to meet the needs of our growing region and how to join our team go to

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