Summerville Medical & Women’s Hospital expansion

Summerville Medical & Women’s Hospital expansion


– My name is Doctor Art Shepherd and I am one of the Neonatologists that works in Summerville
and Trident Medical Centers. Here today we’re out on
the construction site of the new Women’s Hospital
at Summerville Medical Center. We are very excited as a team to be able to be working toward this. I’ve been here since 2001, and at the time that I arrived we had 500 deliveries a year
and we barely took care of any sick babies at all here. The community, as many of
you know, was much smaller. Over the period of the last 15, 16 years the community has grown, the needs of the community have grown. The number of people on the staff that we have that are
trained and competent to take care of sick babies has grown. And with all of that has come
this crescendo of interest in being able to take care of sick babies and to do more for our
Summerville family here, onsite at Summerville Medical Center. So as you can see all around, the construction is
proceeding very very nicely. I’m not a construction expert, I take care of babies. But they tell me it’s going great, we’re on target, so I’m
really happy about that. We’ll have brand new
labor and delivery rooms. We’ll have new rooms for C-sections. We’ll have 30 new rooms
for families to recover. And of course we’ll have
brand new nursery space including a brand new Level II nursery, where we can really concentrate
on state of the art care for our Level II sick babies. It’ll be nice to be able
to keep those sick babies in a brand new nursery close to home so that families can be here to bond with their babies
and to really be a part of the community of people that’s going to be taking care of their
babies here in the hospital. One thing that’s not new
is the compassionate care that’s going to be going on here. I think that’s one of the
reasons that I came in 2001 and one of the reasons that
I’ve stayed this whole time is that I have found
myself to be very fortunate to work with a group of people that provide such remarkable care. You know, really takes in these babies as part of their own families for the time that those babies are here. You don’t find that everywhere and I just, that’s what
I really love the most about being here is
the team of people that I get to come to work with every day that do such a great job. Not only caring for these babies but really loving these babies until it’s time for them to go home. And then later, when
we see them at Target, at Walmart, just out, you know families in the grocery store parking lot saying hey, thank you for
taking care of our baby. So we’re really excited
to be looking forward to having this new space to
take care of those families. We hope to see you here sometime
soon with your new baby.

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