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Lowcountry medical centers change signs to suit regulations

Nason Medical Center in North Charleston Nason Medical Center in North Charleston
Nason Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant Nason Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant
CHARLESTON, SC (WIS) -

An urgent care chain in the Lowcountry is taking down emergency signs from its buildings after the state Department of Health and Environmental Control said it doesn't qualify to be a free-standing emergency center.

We first told you about Nason Medical Center's five Charleston-area locations that had the word "emergency" in its signs in a four-part investigation earlier this month. At that time, WIS discovered Nason Medical Center changed online images of its centers' signs to say "ambulatory" instead of "emergency," but had not started changing the actual signs until recently.

At least two of Nason Medical Center's urgent care locations have signs that say "ambulatory," as of this report. A Nason Medical spokesperson said more changes are expected by the month's end.

Also, WIS discovered that Nason Medical was told it can no longer provide imaging services, but the reason for that decision is sealed in federal documents.

Nason Medical Center said it cannot comment more on the sealed discussions, but provided WIS with a statement.

"Nason Medical Center is committed to providing high quality medical care and to delivering that care in a manner that is in compliant with all applicable laws and regulations," said Kent Bosworth, a spokesman for Nason Medical. "As you know, the medical regulatory environment is changing, and we are changing with it, and we intend to continue to do so in the future."

Other than DHEC's investigation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is also investigating Nason Medical Center.

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