The first floor of the three-story Conway Medical Center Health Plaza South in Socastee is open.
The 36,000 square foot facility is for pediatric and primary care practices.
“So you might ask why did you build a three-story building,” said Bret Barr, CEO and president of CMC. “Well, we’ve got plans in the works right now for a state of the art ambulatory surgery center on the second floor and we’re in the process of making that happen so hopefully that will be soon.”
Moments before cutting the ribbon marking the opening of the facility on Monday, Barr said the third floor will be for additional physician practices as the expected growth in the community continues.
The reason for the facility is simply to serve the needs of the community, Barr said, in accordance with the mission of CMC.
“Having surgical services in this facility will provide a more cost-efficient, convenient opportunity for those patients who do need surgery in that community, rather than a typical hospital setting,” Barr said.
Conway Hospital was the first hospital in Horry County dating back to the late 1920s off Elm Street in Conway. Just two years after it opened, the hospital expanded and moved to 9th Avenue in Conway until moving to the current location off Singleton Ridge Road in 1982. The hospital has continued to expand in the 2000s to have more than 200 inpatient beds with about the same number of physicians.
The CMC reach expands beyond Conway to offices and facilities in Carolina Forest, Socastee and Surfside Beach.
The new facility is located at 6010 S.C. 707 on what had once been a 9-acre wooded area with an old white farmhouse in the middle of the property.