MUSC Health breaks ground on new hospital
MUSC Health announced last week it has broken ground on a new hospital that will serve both Florence and Williamsburg counties.
“We are excited to welcome Williamsburg Regional Hospital and Lake City Community Hospital to the MUSC Health family,” MUSC Health officials said in a released statement. “The new facility is being built to replace the two existing hospitals and will become part of the Florence Division of MUSC Health. This will allow MUSC to better serve the health care needs of lower Florence County, Williamsburg County and other areas.”
Construction is scheduled for completion in January 2023.
“MUSC is unlike any other health care organization because our mission is to serve the state, to bring the best in advanced health care to people across South Carolina,” said MUSC Health CEO Patrick J. Cawley. “The groundbreaking for this new hospital is yet another milestone in extending and fulfilling the mission of our enterprise.”
When completed, the MUSC Health-owned hospital will feature 25 licensed beds, full operating and diagnostic services, a 16-bay emergency department and the latest capabilities in telehealth.
Due to the increase in coronavirus cases, and to protect all individuals involved, the virtual groundbreaking featured a mailed announcement with mask included. There was also a shovel ceremony and brief comments by limited participants who followed COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.
“As our MUSC Board of Trustees saw when they approved this project, this new facility is more than bricks and mortar – it symbolizes the future of health care in our state,” said MUSC President Dr. David J. Cole.
In addition to their vision, the Heath family made a generous donation of the land for this new, state-of-the-art facility that will welcome the Williamsburg Regional and Lake City Community Hospitals to the MUSC family. We are grateful for their dedication to the health and wellness of the community – it will have an impact for generations to come.”
Shown, left to right, during the virtual groundbreaking are: Lake City Community Hospital Board of Trustees member Patrick Pinckney; Julie Floyd, chairperson of the Williamsburg Regional Hospital Board of Trustees; MUSC Health CEO Dr. Patrick Cawley; Dr. James Lemon, chairperson of the MUSC Health Board of Trustees; and Charles Schulze, vice chairperson of the MUSC Health Board of Trustees.