Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012
BAMBERG CTY., S.C. -- The company building the new regional hospital has acquired options to purchase land in Bamberg County.
According to a release from Dobbs Equity Partners, LLC, the land is on Highway 78 near the intersection of Ghents Branch Road. This is two miles from the Barnwell County line between Denmark and Blackfille.
The research they have done over the last several months determined the location, which they say will be closest to the largest number of people from both counties. The new hospital is planned to be completed in about three and a half years.
Below are estimated driving times from cities to the closest existing hospital as well as the planned location of the new hospital.
Drive to current location Drive to new location
Blackville: 13 minutes 6 minutes
Williston: 21 minutes 14 minutes
Barnwell: 5 minutes 12 minutes
Hilda: 10 minutes 6 minutes
Denmark: 10 minutes 5 minutes
Bamberg: 5 minutes 10 minutes
The release says that estimated driving times will vary based on location within each city as well as traffic and other factors. Since the new hospital will be on a federal highway, driving times should be reduced due to higher traveling speeds and fewer traffic signals.
The plans for the new hospital include private rooms for in-patient care, multiple surgery suites, a full service emergency department and a labor and delivery department, as well as many other services not currently being offered in the local hospitals today.
Multi-specialty physician office centers are planned that should bring new specialist physicians into the community. As it stands now, most residents are traveling hours to see a specialist.
The following is a preliminary list of the services and specialties that are planned to be offered within the health system:
-Obstetrics and Gynecology
-Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery
-Inpatient and Outpatient Services