HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – McLeod Health announced Friday plans to open a medical office building in Carolina Forest to provide the community "with access to physicians and outpatient services," according to a news release.
"The proposed facility and services will expand to meet the needs of adults and children and provide the convenience to the residents within and around the Carolina Forest area," the release states. "A feasibility study is underway to further determine other appropriate medical resources which are needed in this community."
McLeod Seacoast Administrator Dick Tinsley told WMBF News that the health care system picked Carolina Forest for a new location because of how rapidly the area is growing.
A deed agreement shows McLeod Health purchased the 42.5 property in December of 2014 for $4.78 million.
"Over the years as the community expands, we'll be there to expand. That's why we bought so much acreage. We didn't think this would be a one building plan, to have a campus there and health care delivery system there," explained Tinsley.
While the design plans are just in the beginning phases, Tinsley said he hopes to keep the property as natural as possible, with potential boardwalks to connect buildings over the small lakes and wetlands.
The facility will be built on the land behind StarTek, expanding to Highway 31.
"Health care isn't just providing hospitals, its providing outpatient settings, doctors offices. This will be primarily an outpatient service plan for that particular site," said Tinsley.
A feasibility study is underway to further determine other medical resources needed in the community.