CMC doesn’t expect influx from Barnwell closing | News | The Press and Standard

by | February 5, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: February 3, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Colleton Medical Center is not expecting a significant influx of patients due to the closing of the hospital in Barnwell, said Brad Griffin, CEO of Colleton Medical Center.
Southern Palmetto Hospital, a 53-bed acute care facility, closed Jan. 21. The hospital opened on its present site in June 1955 with 45 beds as Barnwell County Hospital. The facility was purchased by S.C. Healthcare Investment, LLC in June 2013.
Griffin said he envisions most of the hospital’s former patients will go to Allendale, Aiken or Augusta.
“It’s tough for small hospitals in rural areas to survive. This is an example of that happening. We need to work on some solutions to solving these issues, because patients need quick access to health care,” Griffin said.
CMC did send a human resources team to Barnwell after the closing to help the employees find jobs.
“It would be great to re-establish some type of medical service in that area to serve those patients,” he said. “We are evaluating the different options that may be available for Colleton Medical Center to be a part of the solution.”

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