LAURINBURG — After seven months of renovations, Scotland Memorial Hospital unveiled its new $2.5 million second-floor Medical-Surgical-Pediatrics Unit with a ribbon cutting and open house Tuesday.
The 4,500-square-foot wing will open in mid-August and has been designed to offer patients more comfort, convenience, quality and efficiency of care.
Senior Vice President of Operations Pat Phillips said the goal was to create “a better patient experience through renovations and new technology, which leads to higher care and safety for nurses and patients.”
The hospital expanded the emergency room along with the hallways on the first and second floor. Eleven surgical suites were also added that feature sleeper chairs, a first for Scotland Memorial.
“We added sleeper chairs for family members to stay in the room with their loved one — this is new and has never been done before,” Phillips said.
New monitors, imaging, nuclear medicine and a state-of-the-art orthopedic surgical robot were also purchased during the renovation.
“This surgical robot helps us do our jobs even better,” said Dr. Ralph Carter, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthocarolia-Scotland. “There is not a robot in Charlotte and there isn’t one in South Carolina — we are ahead of them.”
The renovations were done by Precision Contractors, Inc., a locally owned and operated company.
“I am absolutely pleased with the way the renovations turned out,” Phillips said. “We hired PCI, a local contractor, because we wanted to source locally and they did a great job.”
The project was completed on time and, according to Brian Foshay, owner of Precision Contractors, Inc., the hospital was an excellent client.
“We really didn’t have any issues, the hospital is a great customer, and we wanted to make sure they’re happy,” Foshay said. “We sell local and we make it a point to sell local services.”
This isn’t the only major renovation project the hospital has planned. According to Phillips beginning this winter Scotland Memorial Hospital will renovation their Women’s Center.
The Women’s Center is located on the second floor of the hospital and houses labor and delivery, obstetrics and gynecology and a Level II nursery.
Gregory C. Wood, president and chief executive officer of Scotland Health Care System, said it’s important for the hospital to continue to grow, so they can continue to provide top-notch services.
“We are committed to this community,” said Wood.
Scotland Health Care System is the largest private employer in Scotland County and has a four-star, a fact that was not lost on Laurinburg/Scotland County Chamber of Commerce Chair Dean Nichols.
“Thank you for making our community a better place,” Nichols said.
“It’s about quality of life for all in Scotland County,” Carol McCall, Scotland County Commissioners Chair said.”Scotland Health Care System, you should really pat yourselves on the back.”
Scotland Memorial earned a four-star designation in 2015 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which placed them in the top 25th percentile of hospitals in the country.
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