The Lake Monticello Family Practice celebrated the new beginning of a much-needed medical facility in the Jenkinsville area with a groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 20.
SCE&G will donate $70,000 over three years to the healthcare facility.
“SCE&G’s donation will help complete and equip the facility,” said Dr. Stuart Hamilton, founder and chief executive officer of the Cooperative Health Centers. “They understood the potential for this project.”
The new facility is just a mile away from V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. Jeff Archie, SCE&G’s chief nuclear officer, explained that V.C. Summer is not only an energy provider; they are a neighbor of the community.
“The well being of our neighbors is important,” said Archie. “We’re honored to support this critically needed health care facility on this side of Fairfield County. It will be a great benefit to many people.”
Nurse practitioner Janet Douglass is eager to move out of the current facility — a trailer with limited resources and no room for expansion. The new, 3,000 square-foot-facility will house Douglass, and a new pediatrician, as well as serve as storage for vaccines. Once the practice is established, Hamilton would like to expand the facility to include dental services and a pharmacy.
One of the benefits for the community is that this facility will make it possible for the McCrorey-Liston School of Technology to provide on-site health care services and vaccines for students. “It takes the total child to be successful,” said Dr. Chandra Bell, principal at McCrorey-Liston. “We ensure their academic needs are met, and now we can meet their health care needs as well.”
The monetary support from SCE&G will be combined with a $420,000 federal grant. The Fairfield County community received one of only 35 federal grants offered for health facilities in support of schools across the United States.
The facility is scheduled to be open late this December or early next year.
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