DHEC Approves Summerville Medical Center Expansion

Summerville, South Carolina

September 21, 2011 - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has approved Summerville Medical Center's (SMC) expansion project. In November of 2010, SMC applied to DHEC for a Certificate of Need for a $26 million facility expansion. The state's decision reinforces the immediate need for additional hospital beds in the Summerville and Dorchester County community. This bed expansion, which the State recognized and predicted, is crucial to providing the community the quality health care they need.

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."

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.

About Summerville Medical Center

Summerville Medical Center is a 94-bed, acute care hospital located in the Oakbrook section of Summerville between Ladson and Trolley Roads and is part of the HCA hospital system. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Summerville Medical Center is committed to providing quality health services along with wellness information and opportunities to the communities it serves. The Joint Commission recently named Summerville to their list of the nation's top hospitals for quality and safety. For more information about Summerville Medical Center, please visit our website at www.tridenthealthsystem.com or call 843.832.5000.