BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) - The Bluffton area will soon be getting a St. Joseph’s Candler Regional Medical campus.
This means St. Joseph’s Candler will also be expanding services and access to health care to a fast-growing community.
The area will be about 40,000 square feet when it is set to be completed in 2020. One of the greater assets is that the new campus will be bringing jobs to the area. When it is done, St. Joseph’s Candler will employ a total of 63 people with an estimated annual payroll of $6.6 million. Phase one will cost $28.5 million with an overall cost of $33.5 million. The first phase is expected to be complete in early 2020.
A key component of this project will be the development of a regional oncology campus that will add another linear accelerator for radiation treatment and expand medical oncology services that will virtually eliminate the need for patients to travel to Savannah.
“It’s an economic driver. It’s a quality of life. It’s a need and a want of 21,000 residents of Bluffton. That’s not including the additional areas that aren’t in our town of health care. That’s the first question on people’s minds; education and healthcare," said Mayor Lisa Sulka, Bluffton.
“This project is bringing integrated health care to a community. Now, what does that mean? Most health care right now is done on an outpatient basis, or 60 percent of it, and people want health care closer to home, so what this is going to do is take all of the components of outpatient health care that a patient gets, and put it right in your backyard," said Paul Hinchey, St. Joseph’s Candler, Chair.
Bluffton officials say the area is steadily growing, so this is even more of a plus for the area.