$53 million goes toward expanding mother and newborn care in Summerville

It’s no secret, Summerville is booming. That growth is putting pressure on some resources, including the hospital. But, a massive, multi-million dollar expansion will help the Summerville Medical Center serve the rapidly increasing population.

Rashell Pipkin tells News 2 her biggest goal in life was to be a mom, and as of Tuesday afternoon, she became a mom for the fourth time.

She says, “This is just such a blessing, I couldn’t be happier, if you can’t tell.”

She delivered her last two children at Summerville Medical Center.

Pipkin says, “This is the best place, I would recommend anyone to come to Summerville Medical.”

And it seems like many expecting moms agree.

Lisa Valentine, CEO of Summerville Medical Center, says, “Trident health systems, Summerville Medical center and Trident Medical Center, deliver more Lowcountry family babies than any other health system in the area and we’re really proud and privileged to provide that service.”

And they are only going to see more because Summerville is growing. In the last five years, the city has seen an almost 15% population increase.

Valentine says, “It’s well known how fast our community is growing. Here at Summerville we have seen exponential growth in almost every service line, and women’s services in particular has had the highest demand.”

So, the hospital is expanding. A $53 million expansion geared toward women and children. The second floor of the hospital is the unit for moms and babies, the expansion will add on the existing unit and not only provide more beds, but  also more resources.

Valentine says, “And not only adding new clinical services, like high risk obstetrics services, and other services for moms and babies, but really to think differently about our service atmosphere, the physical plant, the amenities that we offer women. So it’s great to be able to do that at a brand new facility.”

Women’s and baby services for Trident and Summerville Medical will be consolidated, all in the new facility expected to open in 2019.

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