MUSC breaks ground on building for children
Summerville parents now have an additional medical care facility when their children need after hours medical care.
The Medical University of South Carolina broke ground Thursday on an after hours care facility for children. Construction is scheduled to be complete by the start of 2014 at 4430 Ladson Road.
Monday-Friday the clinic will be open from 4-10 p.m. and noon-7 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
“This will provide easier access to the families of Summerville rather than having to go downtown,” said John Sanders, Administrator of the Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital.
Mayor Bill Collins also believes in the importance of a facility that is closer by.
“It is an asset to us to have an acute care facility for the kids,” said Collins. “It is an opportunity for the children and could save lives right here in Summerville.”
The new facility will have radiology, x-ray, EKG and ECHO machines and 10 patient rooms. There will be one physician working at night from a rotation of local pediatricians and allows the hiring of 2-4 new doctors and 15 staff members. During the day the building will feature pediatric cardiology, pulmonary, weight management, genetic clinic, and surgery.
“MUSC recognized the growth of Summerville, that we have the people, that this is happening and they needed to be a part of it,” said Collins. “It's a great day for Summerville.”