Hope Health to build multi-million dollar facility in Florence

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Council members with the City of Florence voted to approve a plan to develop the old Bush Junkyard.

The old junk yard was given to Hope Health, and at Wednesday's council meeting city leaders gave the ok for a $10 million medical facility to be built on the property.

In 2014 Hope Health will break ground on the first of three phases.

The company's executives said they want to consolidate all of the current medical facilities, spread throughout Florence. Those executives added that a consolidation will allow for Hope Health to better serve the hundreds of patients it currently cares for.

City leaders said the development of the land will also help improve the northern gate into the City of Florence.

Hope Health's CEO said the $10 million facility soon to come to the area will greatly impact Florence.

"Well I think it will increase efficiency for us. And I think the more efficient we can be the better services we can bring to the community. We have a pharmacy, we have a lab and those things right now are only in one building. And we're not able to duplicate those facilities to all four patient sites," said Carl Humphries, Hope Health.

Hope Health received a $5 million grant from the federal government to help construct the new building.

Officials say when all three phases are complete on the building in 2020; 100 new jobs will be added to Florence's job market.

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