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Plans to expand Grand Strand hospital

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) –Tuesday night, officials with the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center (GSRMC) received the support they needed from Horry County Council members to create a new inpatient rehabilitation center.

According to Adam Rudd, Chief Operating Officer for GSRMC, the hospital filed a certificate of need application with DHEC. The hospital already had resolutions supporting the new inpatient rehab center from the hospital board of trustees and the Myrtle Beach city council.

According to the resolution in Horry County, there are no inpatient rehab beds in Horry County. With an estimated county population of 269,000 and many seniors, this is a needed service.

The closest rehab facilities are in Georgetown County and Florence. Rudd says this can be very inconvenient for patients and family members to be cared for away from their home. 

"We have an enormous number of people coming through this facility that need those kinds of services and it's only going to grow. We need to expand out services in Horry County. We need to improve the access," added Rudd.

The approved center will be housed inside of an entirely new fourth floor addition and would have 17 beds with room to add more in the future. Patients benefiting from inpatient rehab include those who have had orthopedic surgery (hip/knee replacements), trauma, stroke etc.

Rudd says the hospital is in the application process with DHEC. The hospital cannot move forward with the proposed project until DHEC approves the addition of 17 inpatient rehab beds to GSRMC.

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