Trident Health plans multi-million dollar expansion in Lowcountry

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) – Trident Health says it is preparing for future population growth with a major expansion project.

The system plans to add a new cardiac catheterization lab and three new operating rooms to its current medical center. They also plan to build a behavioral health hospital.

Trident currently has two cardiac catheterization labs, but will spend $4 million to add a third by July 2022.

Trident Health President and CEO Christina Oh said this is one of three projects that will help Trident adapt to changing community needs.

“If you look at the 5-year population growth rate for the Tri-County area, it’s growing twice as fast as the state of South Carolina and three times as fast as the rest of the country,” Oh said. “So with all of these residents moving to the area, as well as a significantly growing baby boomer population, over the next five years, we knew this was an important part of simply being responsible for the community.”

Trident will also begin a $21 million operating room expansion that will result in three additional operating rooms. Oh said the project will likely start in early 2022 and take about a year.

Oh said Trident Health purchased land at the southwest corner of Highway 78 and I-26 for its new behavioral health hospital. The new $35 million facility will have 60 beds for adult, geriatric and pediatric psychiatric care. Oh said the project will expand capacity for patients who need this urgent care.

She plans to open the new hospital in December and complete the facility by early 2023.

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