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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on January 31, 2001

Projects To Highlight 2001 At GMH

Wednesday, January 31, 2001

Georgetown, South Carolina - Continued service and facility expansion is expected to highlight 2001 as Georgetown Memorial Hospital begins its second 50 years of community commitment this year.

A multi-million dollar renovation and expansion project begun in 2000 at the hospital’s Black River Road main campus will continue. When completed, the project will result in a dedicated cardiac catheterization unit, an expanded renal dialysis area, a relocated and expanded Endoscopy area, two additional ICU beds and a major Emergency Department expansion.

Other construction efforts slated for action during 2001 include projects which will result in increased on-campus parking, relocation of the hospital’s laundry and the planned construction of a medical office building, warranted in part by a growing medical staff, which added 15 new physicians in a banner physician recruiting year during 2000.

Construction of a radiation therapy center on Georgetown Memorial Hospital’s campus will begin soon and will be integrated into the medical office project. Cancer patients will no longer have to travel out of the county to receive radiation therapy. This project is being completed in conjunction with MUSC and The Hollings Cancer Center.

Ground breaking for Waccamaw Community Hospital, a new full-service inpatient facility scheduled to be built in Murrells Inlet, will take place in March. Extensive planning and design changes necessitated by the addition of 19 rehabilitation beds, delayed the project for several months.

"It is important for us to plan and design a building that can grow to meet the future needs of the Waccamaw Neck area. In an area experiencing such dramatic population growth, this becomes an area of critical importance," according to Paul D. Gatens, Sr., Georgetown Memorial Hospital's administrator. Construction of the new hospital is expected to take 18-24 months.

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