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Expansion underway at Summerville Medical Center

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Summerville Medical Center plans to spend $6 million for surgical services expansion designed to provide residents of Dorchester and Berkeley counties with greater access to surgical care.

The operating room nursing station will be among the changes coming to Summerville Medical Center. (Image/Provided)“This investment is driven by patient and physician demand for our services,” Jessica Marin, Summerville Medical Center’s chief operating officer, said in a news release. “In 2021 our team performed more than 5,000 surgeries, 825 of those utilizing state-of-the-art minimally invasive robotic procedures. By adding new operating rooms and expanding other surgical spaces, we will be able to offer new surgical procedures for families in our community.”

Summerville Medical Center’s surgeons offer a variety of surgical procedures including gynecology, orthopedic, spine, pediatric, reflux, weight loss, breast and vascular.

“Continuing to welcome new surgeons and expand our surgical capabilities is critically important for the community we serve,” pediatric surgeon Sam Soutter said in the release. He is also a member of Summerville Medical Center’s surgical advisory committee. “Our goal every day is to change the lives of patients so they can get back to playing with their kids and grandkids, back to their favorite hobbies, and back to their active life. It’s truly remarkable what our surgeons and surgical team have accomplished.”

Summerville Medical Center launched a minimally invasive robotic program in 2012 and currently operates three robotic systems at the hospital.

The project is expected to be completed in spring 2023. It includes adding three operating rooms, expanding the ambulatory care unit, expanding the post-anesthesia care unit and 9,500 new square feet of surgical space.

Summerville Medical Center is part of Trident Health.

Reach Ross Norton at 864-720-1222.

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