It's a big day for Bamberg County.
After being without an emergency room since 2012, when the county hospital was closed, the people of the county today celebrate the ribbon cutting for the Bamberg-Barnwell Emergency Medical Center.
The facility is a project of The Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties. It will also serve Barnwell County, where the hospital closed in 2016.
The event is scheduled at 11 a.m. at the new center at 1524 Barnwell Highway (Highway 70 between Denmark and Barnwell). The facility will officially open at 7 a.m. Monday, April 8.
The $8.6 million, 20,500-square-foot emergency department will offer emergency care including CT scanning, X-ray and ultrasound diagnostic imaging and lab and observation services.
It features nine observation rooms and will be equipped to handle ambulance and walk-in traffic.
Three observation beds will be available to take care of patients overnight. Incoming patients will access not just emergency care, but diagnostic services and outpatient lab and X-ray services.
The facility is expected to have five doctors and is projected to employ approximately 50.
The project was funded by the state through a one-time, $3.6 million Transformation Fund Grant and additional funds resulting from the region’s designation as a persistent poverty area. Other funding has been committed by local community stakeholders.
RMC opened an urgent care center in Bamberg in 2013. That facility will close once the new emergency department is up and running.