Grand Strand Regional moves forward on expansion project

Horry County, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Construction is underway on a 30-month project aimed at increasing patient capacity and expanding the emergency department at the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

Officials with the Horry County-based hospital say the $54 million expansion will add 50 beds to the hospital, expand the emergency department from 28 treatment bays to 40, and create a new cath lab.

Nearly 72,000 square feet of new construction is included in the project, in addition to 20,995 square feet of renovation and 4,085 square feet of canopies.

The project, according to the hospital, has been most noticeable along US-17 Bypass, at civil and utility engineers completed initial construction. The emergency department expansion portion of the project will be completed on the west side of the hospital, and is slated to include a new helipad and cardiac expansion.

EMS traffic has also been rerouted to a temporary entrance as a result of the expansion project. During the expansion of Grand Strand's emergency department, officials say multi-passenger golf carts will assist patients and visitors to the specific section of the hospital.

The addition of the emergency department is slated to be complete in January 2011. Renovation of the existing emergency department will continue throughout 2011.

The new patient tower will be completed by a November 2011 date.

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