July 20, 2022
Summerville, SC – Summerville Medical Center is excited to announce a $6 million surgical services expansion that will provide the growing community across Dorchester and Berkeley Counties with greater access to surgical care in their own backyard.
“This investment is driven by patient and physician demand for our services,” explained Jessica Marin, Summerville Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer. “In 2021 our team performed more than 5,000 surgeries, 825 of those utilizing state-of-the-art minimally invasive robotic procedures. By adding new Operating Rooms and expanding other surgical spaces, we will be able to offer new surgical procedures for families in our community.”
Summerville Medical Center’s team of fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeons offer a variety of surgical procedures including gynecology, orthopedic, spine, pediatric, reflux, weight loss, breast, vascular and more.
“Continuing to welcome new surgeons and expand our surgical capabilities is critically important for the community we serve,” commented pediatric surgeon Sam Soutter, MD and member of Summerville Medical Center’s Surgical Advisory Committee. “Our goal every day is to change the lives of patients so they can get back to playing with their kids and grandkids, back to their favorite hobbies, and back to their active life. It’s truly remarkable what our surgeons and surgical team have accomplished.”
Summerville Medical Center launched a minimally invasive robotic program in 2012 and currently operates 3 robotic systems at the hospital that provide more precise surgical procedures, less need for pain medication, and faster recovery times that get patients back to their families and normal daily activities.
“I am extremely proud of our growth and ability to keep the community feeling at Summerville Medical Center, commented OB/GYN William “Bo” Reeves, MD and member of Summerville Medical Center’s Surgical Advisory Committee. “The addition allows more minimally invasive opportunities for our patients in the Lowcountry.”
The project kicked off in June and is estimated to be completed in spring 2023. It includes:
- Addition of 3 new Operating Rooms, for a total of 9 Operating Rooms
- Expanded Ambulatory Care Unit
- Expanded Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
- 9,500 new square feet of surgical space
Summerville Medical Center recently kicked off this project with a beam signing on the construction site with staff and surgeons. The signed beam will be installed into the final project to honor the surgical team who have helped to care for our community for almost 30 years.
Summerville Medical Center is a 124-bed, acute-care hospital serving families in Dorchester County, Berkeley County and surrounding communities for almost 30 years. The hospital has a 24-hour emergency room, including a dedicated ER for children, and a wide range of surgical services and comprehensive medical services. Summerville Medical Center is recognized for its emergency, women’s and children’s, cardiac, imaging, orthopedic and stroke services. Surgical services include gynecological, orthopedic, spine, reflux, breast, robotic and weight loss surgeries. Summerville Medical Center is part of Trident Health, which has earned recognition as a leader in the delivery of healthcare in the Lowcountry.
For almost 50 years staff and physicians at Trident Health have provided acute healthcare services to families in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Services are provided through its two hospitals, Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center; three freestanding emergency departments, Brighton Park Emergency, Moncks Corner Medical Center, and Centre Pointe Emergency; and two urgent care centers, CareNow Urgent Care Goose Creek and CareNow Urgent Care North Charleston. Both hospitals have received top ranking as Joint Commission Top Hospitals for Quality Performance and are Joint Commission Certified for Advanced Heart Failure and Advanced Primary Stroke Centers. Trident Health is one of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s largest employers with more than 2,800 employees and has a medical staff of nearly 600 physicians. In 2021 it provided $50.6 million in uncompensated care and paid $41.8 million in local, state and federal taxes. To learn more about how Trident Health is growing to meet the needs of our growing region and how to join our team go to www.tridenthealthsystem.com.