Thursday, June 26, 2014
More than 100 people, including hospital board members and staff, government officials, and interested citizens gathered at about 10 a.m. Wednesday at Summerville Medical Center to break ground on the new medical office building.
The $8 million, 40,000-square-foot facility has been in the planning stages for some time. It will not only house a variety of medical services including bariatric surgery, robotic surgery, obstetrics, CaringSuite MRI, fetal telemedicine, and others but will also be connected physically to the hospital, allowing for convenience of use for both medical staff and patients.
“I think what differentiates this facility with others is the connectivity to the hospital – both in services and physically,” Todd Gallati, CEO of Trident Health said. “That convenience is really key — I’m excited about that.”
But the ceremony, while a celebration of a milestone, was about more than that, noted SMC CEO Lisa Valentine, who has been in her new position less than a month.
“One of the things so striking to me is the quality and depth of service provided here at SMC – it’s typically something you see in a much larger hospital,” Valentine said. “But even more important is the commitment to service here – it’s not taking care of neighbors so much as a feeling of taking care of your family.”
She also noted the Joint Commission recently recognized the hospital as a top performer on Key Quality Measures, which puts the hospital as one of the top 182 hospitals of 3,300 the Joint Commission accredits nationwide.
“I think that speaks very well – that is really impressive, especially for a hospital this size,” Valentine said.
SMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Beth Cook noted that the new building and the overall success of the hospital is also reflective of strong community support.
Summerville Mayor Bill Collins praised SMC and its accomplishments, noting that a community is judged on how well it takes care of its citizens, from municipal services to medical care. The hospital has always been involved with and supportive of Summerville and the Dorchester County community, he noted.
“I think Summerville Medical Center has clearly shown they are on board with the community – this is a great day for Summerville,” he said.
The new building will be owned by SMC’s parent company, HCA, and the construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2015.