Summerville Medical launches $53 million expansion

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Summerville Medical Center launched a $53 million expansion Tuesday, with plans to build 30 additional beds to support growth in women's and children's services.
"Summerville Medical has been serving this community nearly thirty years," CEO Lisa Valentine said. "We're excited to be a part of the fabric of the community, and this project is really a response to the growth and needs of our young families so we're incredibly excited."
In 2016, Summerville Medical Center staff delivered nearly 1,200 babies, according to Valentine, while more than 2,600 babies were delivered throughout Trident Health System.
"It's really not just the numbers of patient, but the specialized care they receive," Valentine said.
The two-phase expansion will increase access to services for women and children, including additional beds, expansion of the Women's Pavilion with the addition of labor and delivery rooms, a C-section procedure room plus nursery rooms.
Ultimately, the expansion will allow Summerville and Trident Medical Centers to consolidate labor and delivery services a the Summerville Medical location off Midland Parkway.  Trident Medical Center, in turn, will increase patient access to critical services including trauma, cardiac, stroke and oncology services. Trident launched its $13.5 million dollar Emergency Room expansion in January.

"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," said Dr. Beth Cook, OB/GYN and Chief Medical Officer of Summerville Medical Center, in a press release. "We want to create an optimal birthing experience for women and are excited to have this opportunity to remain the number one choice for mothers in the Lowcountry."
Summerville Medical Center expects to open the women and children's expansion in 2018.
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