Georgetown Hospital Identifies New Site


June 12, 2008

By Darrell Hughes – The Sun News

Georgetown Hospital System has picked a spot at the intersection of U.S. 701 and Wedgefield Road where it wants to build a new hospital to replace the one on Black River Road.

The 65 acres are part of Weehaw Plantation.

Hospital spokeswoman Ronda Wilson said the system has an option, or “memorandum of land purchase contract,” on the property, but the deal isn’t final.

“We have not purchased it, we have not closed on it, nor do we own it,” Wilson said. The hospital aims to have the land purchased by the fall, she said.

“This is a process … so part of the process is identifying a site,” Wilson said. “We have now determined that this site meets our criteria and we are now in the process of attempting to purchase the property.”

Hospital officials and plantation owners Kyle Young and Jacqueline Young will negotiate a final price, Wilson said. The Youngs could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Hospital executives are having the land surveyed and soil sampled, along with other precautionary measures, Wilson said.

Some of the land, a small portion, is part of a conservation easement.

The hospital system, which also owns Waccamaw Community Hospital, announced plans about two years ago to move from Black River Road.

That site is “landlocked” and doesn’t have room for the hospital to grow, officials say.

Wilson said if the hospital succeeds in purchasing the 65 acres, not all the land will be used.



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