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Summerville Medical Center announces $53 million expansion

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

The Summerville Medical Center announced plans for a $53 million expansion Thursday.

The center says it will add 30 beds, expand women and children's services and add advanced equipment to support an intensive care step-down unit. 

"We are proud to serve the families of Summerville, Berkeley and Dorchester counties and this planned expansion is in direct response to the growth of the community and the feedback of those we are honored to serve," CEO Lisa Valentine said. 

"Here at Summerville Medical we've seen exponential growth in almost every service line and women's services in particular has had the highest demand," Valentine said.

in fact, Summerville and Trident Medical Centers deliver nearly three thousand babies a year.  The $53 million expansion will include moving all Trident maternity care services to Summerville Medical Center off Midway Parkway.  

(Lisa Valentine/hospital CEO)
"it's not just about combining one program with another but it's about taking that strong foundation and adding to it."

Doctors said consolidating services in one place lets teams support moms and babies with expert services.

"Consolidating these services to one campus creates the opportunity to showcase the expertise of two teams in one location in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility," Dr. Beth Cook, OB/GYN and chief medical officer, said. 

"Especially if you have any preexisting conditions," Rashell Pipkin said. Pipkin delivered her son Sebastian Tuesday at Summerville Medical Center. "I had one that popped up a week before delivery which was unexpected. and to have the staff know what they know is just extremely reassuring you just know you're going to be taken care of."

Hospital officials said ground will be broken this winter. Construction is expected to be completed by 2019.  

"We expect by 2019, we'll have a new facility opened and a combined program that serves the women of the region," Valentine said.

"It's very needed," Pipkin said. "There's so many more people that are going to be taken care of and I think it's wonderful that they are going to be able to expand to accommodate that."

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