Leaders of Summerville Medical Center broke ground last week on a $53 million expansion and renovation project that will add 30 inpatient beds to an extension of the center’s second floor.
The project is expected to be complete in late 2018.
Population growth in the region is creating demands on the health care industry, Doug Warren, chairman of Trident Health’s board of trustees and director of Dorchester County Emergency Medical Services, said in a news release.
Warren said the hospital’s leaders are working to handle the current demand as well as preparing for at least the next three years.
“They are very thoughtful and deliberate in their discussions about how to best care for the families who are here and prepare for those who are coming,” Warren said.
When the expansion and renovation project is complete, labor and delivery services from Trident Medical Center in North Charleston will move to a new women’s pavilion at Summerville Medical. The Trident Health hospitals, both of which are owned by Hospital Corp. of America, are located about six miles apart.
“Last year, more than 2,600 families welcomed new babies at Trident Health, with more than 1,100 babies born at Summerville Medical Center,” Summerville Medical CEO Lisa Valentine said in the news release. “We look forward to having our physician specialists, subspecialists, Level II nursery professionals and other staff who care for women and children at our hospital in one location.”
Salt Lake City-based Layton Construction is leading the project, and architecture and design schematics were created by Nashville, Tenn.-based Gresham, Smith and Partners, the news release said. The construction project is expected to create 250 jobs for carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other workers.