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$135M medical campus coming to Summerville community

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

More than a thousand jobs are coming to Berkeley County.

Monday, Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, a local healthcare group officially announced plans to build a state-of-the-art medical campus in the Nexton development in Summerville.

Nexton will have homes, offices, restaurants and a school.

The Palmetto Health and Wellness Campus will be built on 28-acres of land.

"We had a huge announcement with Benefitfoucs just a few weeks ago with 1,200 new jobs and here this morning we had 1,125 jobs. That's almost 3,000 new jobs in Berkeley County," said county supervisor Dan Davis.

Davis says the multi-million dollar project will bring new dollars to the area.

"With all those folks here working and then all the patients who come into the facility, it adds a lot to the local economy."

The project is a big leap for Palmetto Primary Care Physicians after starting nearly 17 years ago.

David Castellone, president of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians said, "We started in North Charleston and we are represented in 7 counties. We started out with 7 providers and now we have over 110."

The company is making a 135 million dollar investment on the healthcare campus.

Castellone said, "The first phase is going to be the medical office building with a surgery center and diagnostic urgent care center. The medical hotel and the assistant living comes later."

Summerville mayor Bill Collins is excited about the future for 3 reasons.

"Tourism, healthcare and jobs," said Collins.

With a diverse community going up, Collins says the medical campus in Nexton will not only benefit Summerville, but the region.

Collins said, "I think it's great thing, it's an innovative approach. We're happy to have them in the town of Summerville."

Nexton is also the state's first "gigabit" community. This means the internet works 100 times faster than average speeds. Doctors say it will help with them better serve their patients.

There is no date yet for the official groundbreaking of the Palmetto Health and Wellness Campus.

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