SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has approved Summerville Medical Center's $26 million expansion project.
According to Trident Health System, the 30-bed expansion will allow the hospital to attract new specialists to the area and further develop specialty care at the hospital.
The project will also allow SMC to complete its goal of eliminating semi-private rooms, which will provide all patients with privacy, care and comfort.
In August, DHEC held a project review for the expansion project. The review included allowing Roper to present their opposition to the expansion project. SMC CEO Louis Caputo says the State's approval to build sends a message that in South Carolina, the patient comes first.
"We are pleased the state honored its own health plan and look forward to getting started on this much needed project focused on quality health care," Caputo said.
The construction project will add 30 medical/surgical beds to the 94-bed facility, convert 18 semi-private rooms to private rooms, add an eight-bed critical care step down unit and expand labor and delivery rooms. Construction will take approximately 36 months to complete. It is estimated this expansion will create 50 jobs within the facility and 250 construction jobs.