CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Medical University of South Carolina has opened Ashley River Tower, a $275 million, 641,000-square-foot state-of-the-art hospital specializing in cardiovascular and digestive disease in Charleston. The facility is comprised of a four-story diagnostic and treatment building, a seven-story patient hospitality tower and a garden atrium that connects the two buildings. The project is the first phase of the hospital’s expansion plan and features 156 beds, nine operating rooms and family lounges on each floor. Construction began in October 2004 and was completed this February. New York-based NBBJ was the project architect.