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McLeod Health announces new Carolina Forest hospital

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. − McLeod Health announced Tuesday that the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has approved a Certificate of Need (CON) to build a 48-bed, four-story hospital to serve Carolina Forest.

“From the beginning, McLeod promised to develop this campus based on community health care needs,” said Monica Vehige, CEO, McLeod Loris Seacoast Hospital. “Almost two years ago, we opened our Emergency Department on this site. Because of that infrastructure and the unserved health care needs to this community, this hospital will complete the continuum of care in one convenient location in Carolina Forest.”

“Horry County’s growth − projected to be the second largest county in the state by 2030 − requires hospital capacity to meet the expanding demands for quality health care,” said Donna Isgett, CEO of McLeod Health. “Our mission is to improve the overall health and well-being of people living in the communities we serve.”

Vehige said, “This $56 million investment in the community, where we live and work, means that we will continue to be local people serving local people. Adding this hospital to the campus reflects the continued foresight of our leadership and medical staff to deliver care close to our patient’s home.”

McLeod Loris Seacoast expects to officially break ground in the months ahead.

“With this DHEC approval, we will move quickly with construction of a 4-story hospital with four operating rooms and 48-beds on our 42-acre Carolina Forest campus,” Vehige said. “The COVID-19 pandemic response demonstrated the insufficient hospital bed capacity in Horry County. Even without a pandemic, this shortage will become even more apparent as the population grows.”

McLeod Health was the first health system to recognize the need for health care closer to the homes of Carolina Forest by beginning development of the campus just off of S.C. 31 at International Boulevard with the purchase of that property in 2014. To date, there are two medical buildings with 11 medical practices staffed by physicians and specialists, as well as a 24/7 emergency department, outpatient testing, occupational health and rehabilitation services. A third medical office building is under construction and will be home to additional medical specialists and a proposed ambulatory surgery center.

McLeod Health operates two other hospitals in Horry County: McLeod Health Seacoast in Little River and McLeod Health Loris. In addition to the acute care facilities, McLeod Health has more than 30 medical practices with more than 75 medical specialty providers treating patients in Horry County alone.

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