RMC Breaks Ground on New Freestanding Emergency Medical Center for Bamberg and Barnwell Counties
The Regional Medical Center (RMC) celebrated the beginning of construction for a new freestanding emergency medical center in Denmark to serve Bamberg and Barnwell counties with a groundbreaking ceremony on August 8.
“We were able to supply some needs and fill in some gaps because we were prepared,” said Congressman James Clyburn. “I hope that when this facility is open, we are going to continue to have your assistance and this community’s support, so we can continue to provide good quality healthcare to everyone, irrespective of their zip code.”
"It is real. It is a national symbol," said Congressman Joe Wilson. "The facility itself will be a national institution indicating the extraordinary people who live here."
“We’re going to have a caring healthcare system for the citizens of Bamberg and Barnwell counties,” said S.C. Senator Brad Hutto. “We live in the greatest nation in the world, and people who live in the greatest nation in the world deserve access to high-quality medical care, and that is what this facility is going to bring to us.”
“We’ve seen three hospitals close in this region; we were heading for what I call a ‘healthcare desert,’ said S.C. Senator John Matthews Jr. “Healthcare is like business development. A winning approach is the only way to go.” “I used to live four or five blocks from the Barnwell hospital for about 40 years or more. Then you know what happened? I was living 40 or 50 miles from the hospital,” said S.C. Representative Lonnie Hosey. “I’d think about that at night. How do you go to sleep worrying about that?”
A large crowd of more than 200 local citizens enjoyed a program led by President & CEO of the SouthernCarolina Alliance Danny Black that included remarks from Congressman Clyburn; Congressman Wilson; Senator Matthews; Senator Hutto; Representative Hosey; Dr. Mark Lyles of the Medical University of South Carolina; Kathy Bass of S.C. Department of Health and Human Services; Michele Cardwell of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; RMC Board of Trustees Chairman Melvin Seabrooks; RMC Board of Trustees Strategic Planning Committee Chairperson Betty Henderson; RMC Interim President & CEO Bert Whitaker; RMC Emergency Services Nursing Director Brad Holmes; and GMK Associates, Inc. Project Manager Brenda Williams. Special remarks were read from S.C. Governor Henry McMaster and Senator Justin Bamberg. Musical entertainment was provided by the Demark Technical College Alumni Ensemble.
The $8.63 million, approximately 20,000-square-foot facility will be located on 10 acres of land adjacent to U.S. Highway 70 between the cities of Denmark and Barnwell and will include 24-hour emergency care with CT scan, X-Ray and ultrasound diagnostic imaging, lab and observation services. It is projected that construction will take 12 months. The name of the new emergency department is under development and will be announced in the near future.