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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on June 20, 2007

Waccamaw Community Hospital To Add Fourth Floor

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Murrells Inlet, SC — Georgetown Hospital System’s Waccamaw Community Hospital will add a fourth floor in a major construction project expected to span about 13 months. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has issued a Certificate of Need (CON) for the project, hospital officials said today. The project’s scope includes the addition of 56 medical/surgical and acute inpatient rehabilitation beds for a facility total of 167 beds when complete. The project will include relocation of critical care and inpatient rehabilitation areas within the facility and some other miscellaneous upgrades to the structure. Additional parking also will be added.

“The eventual need for this project was anticipated well before Waccamaw Community Hospital opened in 2002, “ said Bruce P. Bailey, Georgetown Hospital System CEO. “Because we recognized that our service area was growing rapidly, the original structure was built to accommodate the addition of a fourth floor. What we did not realize was how quickly that need would become reality,” he said. When originally constructed, Waccamaw Community Hospital also included some unfinished “shell space” which was completed and occupied in several projects preceding the one now underway. The hospital had 69 total beds when it opened in 2002.

Robins and Morton Group of Birmingham, Alabama is general contractor of the project, which was designed by Curtis Group Architects of Dallas, Texas. A number of local and South Carolina subcontractors were successful bidders on various specific elements of the project. The total cost of the project, including construction, equipment and furnishings is about $25 million.

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