Summerville Medical Center is finishing up phase one of its women’s and surgical services expansion project.
The hospital held a ribbon cutting last week for the opening of the $61 million dollar expanison that features a new two-story building.
The new facility includes 30 new patient beds, new birthing suites, a neonatal ICU nursery for sick newborns and a new surgical wing.
CEO Lisa Valentine told News 2 that the hospital is offering more services in Summerville that previously weren’t available as close to the town.
“In the past families had to travel 45 minutes, an hour, an hour and a half sometimes for those specialized services,” said Valentine. “So being able to expand the facility but also expand services for high-risk moms and for children who need specialized services is really important to us because it means our families can stay close to home.”
Patients should be able to use the new facilities in about two weeks.
The project also consists of renovations to existing parts of the hospital. The project is expected to be fully complete by summer 2019