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Summerville hospital to launch $67M expansion

Ross Norton //April 20, 2023//

Summerville hospital to launch $67M expansion

Ross Norton //April 20, 2023//

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When the expanded hospital opens in 2025, it will increase licensed beds by 40%. (Image/ESa)Summerville Medical Center is ready to launch a $66.8 million, 56-bed inpatient project designed to meet the growing health care needs of a burgeoning community.

The hospital, which has invested more than $200 million in the past decade to expand their facility, services and workforce, said in a news release the project will increase the licensed count by 40% to 174 beds.  Construction is expected to begin in August with completion in the spring of 2025.

“This year we are proudly celebrating our 30th anniversary serving families in Summerville and the Tri-County area,” CEO Jeff Taylor said in the news release. “Summerville Medical Center is situated in one of the fastest growing areas in Charleston, and as we work to meet the health needs of our community, it is vital that we add capacity and clinical programs. We are committed to providing the highest quality and most comprehensive care in the heart of Dorchester County for all those who need us, for many years to come.”

Project details include 30 medical/surgical private beds in the existing third floor space, 14 intensive care unit beds on a new fourth floor, 12 progressive care unit beds on the new fourth floor and a new fifth-floor shell space for future expansion.

The project will add 64,000 square feet of new space, the release stated.

“In the past three years, the need for health care services has grown tremendously as our community has grown,” Maury Baker, chief operating officer at Summerville Medical Center, said in the release. “We are excited to offer our patients private, state-of-the art rooms to complement our exceptional medical staff and care team. The additional capacity will allow us to grow our existing programs and add new services.”

Summerville Medical Center is a 124-bed, acute-care hospital serving families in Dorchester and Berkeley counties and surrounding communities for 30 years. The hospital has a 24-hour emergency room, including a dedicated ER for children, and a range of surgical services and comprehensive medical services.

“This investment is a testament to the impact that every single member of our team has on our community,” Chief Nursing Officer Theresa Kloewer said in the release. “Each day they provide the highest level of care and compassion for every person who walks through our doors. I am proud of the care they have provided over the past 30 years and will continue to provide in the future.”

Summerville Medical Center is part of Charleston-based Trident Health.